Family Relations
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BYU-Idaho + BYU-Pathway

The certificate in family relations provides students with knowledge and skills needed to support a healthy family life in their own homes, as well as an opportunity to seek entry-level support work within the human services industry. This certificate helps students develop basic communication and conflict resolution skills, as well as skills pertaining to family financial management.

This certificate is offered by BYU-Idaho, with support and resources from BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills


  • Communicate the basic principles concerning healthy family relationships effectively
  • Demonstrate effective conflict resolution skills
  • Create an effective budget for an individual or family
Certificate of Family Relations
Program Requirements
This certificate builds into the Family and Human Services degree.
This is an introductory certificate.
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Certificate of Family Relations
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
Child Development
CHILD210 — 3 credits
Child Development
This course is a theoretical, academically oriented course focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception through adolescence. Students will explore the influences of family, peers, and social institutions on the child's development.
For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
When seeking employment within the field of family studies and human services, these search terms may be helpful:

  • Social and human service assistant
  • Juvenile services
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Case aide
  • Childcare worker/teacher

Or, consider searching for jobs in other areas listed with specific skills, such as conflict resolution, problem solving, and communication.

Why choose this certificate?

The family relations certificate emphasizes the development of employable skills, such as effective communication and conflict resolution. These skills can help students develop strong interpersonal relationships and obtain entry-level employment in a variety of work settings, such as human services. This certificate will also provide students with a foundational understanding of what is required to establish healthy marital and family relationships.

BYU-Pathway has found that certain combinations of certificates lead to better job opportunities. Most degrees have a recommended plan of certificates that will help students increase their income and improve their employment possibilities.