Early Childhood Educator
Early childhood educators work with infants, toddlers, preschool and school-aged children in a variety of settings.
Under the Alberta Child Care Licensing Act and the Child Care Licensing Regulation, staff working in licensed day care, out-of-school care, group family child care and preschool programs must have child care staff certification within 6 months of commencing employment and before having unsupervised access to children. Certification is also required as per the Alberta Family Day Home Standards for staff working in approved family home agencies.
There are 3 levels of certification: Child Development Assistant, Child Development Worker and Child Development Supervisor. The level of certification is based on the education completed (not work experience).
Child Development Assistant certification may be granted if the applicant has completed one of the following: (1) the Child Care Orientation Course sponsored by Alberta Human Services, (2) CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 offered through Alberta high schools, (3) a 45-hour (3-credit) post-secondary course in child development, or (4) the Step Ahead Family Day Home Training or Family Child Care Training Program through an approved Alberta family day home agency registered with the Alberta Family Child Care Association (AFCCA).
Child Development Worker certification may be granted if the applicant has: (1) completed a 1-year Early Learning and Child Care certificate program offered by an Alberta post-secondary school, completed an equivalent level of training or the Life Experience Equivalency Process (LEEP), and (2) obtained a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) or Canadian English Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General of at least level 7 (if the post-secondary training was not in English or French).
Child Development Supervisor certification may be granted if the applicant has: (1) completed a 2-year Early Learning and Child Care diploma program offered by an Alberta post-secondary school or completed an equivalent level of training, and (2) obtained a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) or Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) General of at least level 7 (if post-secondary training was not in English or French).
For more information about the certification requirements, educational equivalencies and application process, see the Certification Guide on the Alberta Human Services website.
Working in Alberta
Early childhood educators who are certified, registered or licensed to work in a regulated child care setting elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).
For early childhood educators coming from outside of Alberta, an overview of the Early Childhood Educator Certification Process is available from AlbertaCanada.com website.
Child Care Staff Certification Office
Alberta Human Services
6th Floor, Sterling Place
9940 - 106 Street
Canada T5K 2N2
Phone number: 780-422-1119
Toll-free phone number (within Alberta): 1-800-661-9754
Fax number: 780-427-1258