Family Services
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BYU-Idaho + BYU-Pathway

The family services certificate prepares students for work in the family and human services industry. In addition, students who complete this certificate will develop skills of effective advocacy, interpersonal communication, and teaching.

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

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Essential Knowledge and Skills


  • Advocate effectively for the family
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills pertaining to human service work
  • Demonstrate effective teaching skills pertaining to family life education
  • Advocate with Christlike attributes
Certificate of Family Services
Program Requirements
This certificate builds into the Family and Human Services degree.
This is an advanced certificate. You must first complete Family Relations.
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Certificate of Family Services
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
The Family
FAML100  — 3 credits
The Family
This course applies gospel truth and a supportive scholarship to strengthen marriage and family relationships using “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” as the guiding framework.
For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
When seeking employment in the field of family and human services, these search terms may be helpful:

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

Or, search for jobs requiring the skills obtained in this certificate, such as communication, problem solving, leadership, conflict resolution, or customer service.

Why choose this certificate?

The family services certificate emphasizes the development of employable skills, such as effective communication and other interpersonal skills related to helping those in need. These skills can help students obtain employment in a variety of work settings, such as family services and other positions that emphasize interpersonal communication (e.g., sales, customer service, etc.). The family services certificate will provide students with a deeper understanding of principles that are pivotal in helping individuals and families respond effectively to stress and hardship.

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.