COVID-19 update

Licensed daycare, out-of-school and preschool programs can operate as long as providers follow all public health orders and guidance for child care programs.

Overview

If you are looking to work in a licensed daycare program, out-of-school care program, group family child care or preschool program you need to be certified. Child care staff must be certified within 6 months of employment and must not have unsupervised access to children until certified.

Once you apply, your application will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible for one of the 3 levels of child care staff certification:

  • Child Development Assistant
  • Child Development Worker
  • Child Development Supervisor

How to apply

New online application now available.

Before you apply, read the Child Care Staff Certification Guide to make sure you are eligible and understand all the steps. The guide includes information about the educational and language proficiency requirements.

Once you have read the guide, apply online using a computer, tablet or mobile phone through the Child Care Certification Application:

Child Care Staff Certification Application

For Child Development Assistant certification, you will be asked to send copies of your educational transcripts or statement of marks verifying completion of one the following:

  • 45 hours (3 credits) of early learning and child care coursework
  • Child Care Orientation Course
  • CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 (offered through Alberta high schools)
  • the Step Ahead Family Day Home Training or Family Child Care Training Program (validated by the Alberta Family Child Care Association)

For Child Development Worker and Child Development Supervisor certification, you must arrange for your official transcripts to be sent directly from your educational institution to the Alberta Child Care Staff Certification Office.

You may send a copy of the transcript to be temporarily awarded certification as a Child Development Assistant, if eligible. The certification level will be changed once the official transcripts have been received directly from the institution and have been assessed as meeting the educational training requirements as set out in the Child Care Staff Certification Guide.

If your education was completed outside of Canada, refer to the Child Care Staff Certification Guide to determine if you require a language proficiency assessment or other additional documents.

If you need help or have questions about using the new Child Care Certification online application, call the Alberta Staff Certification Office at 1-800-661-9754.

MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI)

MyAlberta Digital ID is your single, verified online identity for interacting with Government of Alberta online programs and services. It is free to create and gives you secure access to apply for child care certification.

MADI allows you to start an application for child care certification, stop, and then come back to it later. If you are in the middle of an application, simply log back in to continue.

To complete the application process through MADI, you will be required to create a basic MADI account. To create a basic account, all you need is an email address.

Requirements

To be certified as a Child Development Assistant (formerly Level One), you need to have completed one of the following:

  • the Child Care Orientation Course
  • CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 through an Alberta high school CTS program
  • a 45-hour (3 credit) college-level course in child development
  • the Step Ahead Family Day Home Training or Family Child Care Training Program (validated by the Alberta Family Child Care Association)

To be certified as a Child Development Worker (formerly Level Two), you need to have completed:

  • a one-year early learning and child care certificate program offered by an Alberta public college, or an approved educational equivalency

To be certified as a Child Development Supervisor (formerly Level Three), you need to have completed:

  • a 2-year early learning and child care diploma program offered by an Alberta public college, or an approved educational equivalency

Educational equivalencies

If you do not have education in early learning and child care, you can refer to the Coursework Equivalency Chart in the Child Care Staff Certification Guide to determine if your education is recognized for certification.

Individuals who have not completed a full educational certificate/diploma/degree program or whose training does not match the Educational Equivalencies Chart will have their coursework assessed using the Coursework Equivalency Chart as noted in Appendix A in the Child Care Staff Certification Guide.

After you apply

After your application is assessed, the result will be sent to you by email and a certificate will be delivered by mail. Current certification processing time is 4 to 6 weeks.

Once you receive your certification and you believe your education qualifies you for a higher level of certification than what you received, you can submit a new application along with any additional information that might be useful for the re-assessment (for example: course descriptions or an updated official transcript).

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Replacing lost certificates

If you lose your certificate or need to update your personal information, you can request a replacement certificate by using the Change of Personal Information form (PDF, 95 KB).

Child Care Orientation Course

The Child Care Orientation Course is for employed child care staff without formal training in early learning and child care or high school students interested in pursuing a career in early learning and child care.

To register for the course, students must be:

  • Canadian Citizens or hold a valid Canadian Permanent Resident card
  • currently working in an Alberta licensed child care program (or attending high school with an interest to pursue a career in child care)

This non-credit course is available online by BaseCorp. Learning Systems and meets training requirements for Child Development Assistant certification. The curriculum was developed by Children’s Services in partnership with early childhood professionals, stakeholders and educational institutions in Alberta. The course is funded by the Alberta government and is offered at no cost to the student.

Suivez le cours en français

Le cours d’orientation en ligne sur la garde d’enfants est maintenant offert en français. La réussite de ce cours permettra aux personnes d’obtenir le titre d’assistant(e) en développement de l’enfant, un niveau d'agrément requis pour pouvoir travailler dans un programme de garde d’enfants autorisé ou approuvé en Alberta. Les versions française et anglaise du cours d’orientation en ligne sur la garde d’enfants sont offertes par l’entremise de la BaseCorp Learning Systems.

Le cours français en ligne est offert sans frais et à toute personne ayant la citoyenneté canadienne ou à toute personne détenant une carte de résident permanent canadien qui occupe un emploi ou qui a l’intention de travailler dans un service de garde autorisé ou approuvé en Alberta.

Applying by paper

Applications by paper will still be accepted but processing times are significantly slower.

Fill out the Certification Application Form (PDF, 184 KB).

You can submit your paper application by mail (please note significantly slower processing times), and should include paper copies of all relevant documents, including a copy of personal identification that includes your birth date and signature.

Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
Alberta Child Care Staff Certification Office
Alberta Children’s Services
9940 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2N2

The Certification Office is not open for walk-in service.

Contact

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 1-800-661-9754
Email: [email protected]