Becoming a Child Protective Services (CPS) worker is a process that requires academic training in social work, along with practical training in dealing with all types of people and even training in providing counseling. At a minimum, CPS workers typically need a bachelors degree in social work from a four-year college or university. Some CPS workers go on to obtain more advanced degrees, and some entities, such as government agencies, may require CPS workers to have a license or pass an exam before being hired.
College degree programs typically equip students for graduation with a bachelors degree in social work through academic training and real-life simulations. Academic programs may include the studies of human psychology and even management. Many programs also give students the opportunity to practice interviewing clients and identify ing the needs of the children and their families. They may also learn how to manage cases and enhance their communications and public relations skills through community outreach, research and advocacy training.
Some states and agencies also require that CPS workers hold a license or certificate, which involves more extensive academic and practical training. Many CPS workers are required to work for a minimum time in internships or perform field work before being hired. Some organizations also expect CPS workers to have basic skills in computer literacy and the uses of other technologies.