Federal-provincial child care agreement
On November 15, 2021, the Alberta and federal governments announced an agreement to reduce child care fees by an average of 50% in early 2022 and to provide $10 per day fees, on average, by 2026. Learn more about this historic agreement.
If you are looking to work in a licensed daycare, out-of-school 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 and have met the other core requirements.
Once you apply, your application will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible for one of the three levels of early childhood educator certification:
- Level 1 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Assistant)
- Level 2 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Worker)
- Level 3 Early Childhood Educator (formerly Child Development Supervisor)
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Read the Certification Guide for Early Childhood Educators to learn all the requirements and processes to apply for and maintain certification under the Early Learning and Child Care Act and Regulation, including:
- new conduct requirements
- changes to certification status
- requests for reassessment processes
Conduct requirements and self-reporting
Early Childhood Educators are required to follow the Conduct Requirements outlined in the Certification Guide for Early Childhood Educators and must report any current or ongoing investigation, charge, court hearing, trial, or conviction as identified in Appendix A of the Certification Guide.
Use the Self-Disclosure Reporting Form (PDF, 84 KB) to meet the Conduct Requirements.
How to apply
New online application now available.
Before you apply, read the Certification Guide for Early Childhood Educators 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 Early Childhood Educator Certification Application:
Level 1 Early Childhood Educator certification: for this level 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)
Level 2 and Level 3 Early Childhood Educator certification: for these levels 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 certified as a Level 1 Early Childhood Educator, 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 for Level 2 or Level 3 certification.
If your education was completed outside of Canada, refer to the Certification Guide for Early Childhood Educators to determine if you require a language proficiency assessment or other additional documents.
If you need help or have questions about using the new Early Childhood Educator Certification online application, call the Alberta Child Care Staff Certification Office at 1-800-661-9754.
MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI)
MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) 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 Early Childhood Educator certification.
MADI allows you to start an application for Early Childhood Educator 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.
Level 1 Early Childhood Educator: to be certified you must have completed one of the following:
- Child Care Orientation Course
- CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 through an Alberta high school CTS program
- 45-hour (3 credit) college-level course in child development
Level 2 Early Childhood Educator: to be certified you must have completed:
- 1-year early learning and child care certificate program offered by an Alberta public college, or an approved educational equivalency
Level 3 Early Childhood Educator: to be certified you must have completed:
- 2-year early learning and child care diploma program offered by an Alberta public college, or an approved educational equivalency
If you do not have education in early learning and child care, you can refer to the Coursework Equivalency Chart in the Certification Guide for Early Childhood Educators 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 Certification Guide for Early Childhood Educators.
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 up to 8 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 request a reassessment by completing the Request for reassessment form (PDF, 90 KB) , along with any additional information that might be useful for the reassessment (for example: course descriptions or an updated official transcript).
If you lose your certificate or need to update your personal information, you can request a replacement certificate by using the Request for Replacement Certificate form (PDF, 98 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 Level 1 Early Childhood Educator 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.
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