Child Care Staff Certification - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Child Care Staff Certification

Anyone looking to work in a licensed day care program, out-of-school care program, or pre-school program will need to apply to be certified. Child care staff must be certified within six 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 three levels of child care staff certification – Child Development Assistant, Child Development Worker, or Child Development Supervisor.

Requirements

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

  • the Child Care Orientation Course; or
  • CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 through Alberta high schools CTS program; or
  • a 45-hour (3 credit) college-level course in child development.

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 two-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 Educational Equivalency Chart in the Child Care Staff Certification Guide to determine if your education is recognized for certification.

On April 2, 2018, the educational equivalencies and language proficiency requirements for child care staff certification were changed. Individuals who have submitted a certification application before April 1, 2018 will have until September 30, 2018 to submit the required documentation to be certified under the previous equivalencies.

To learn more about the changes, read the Overview of Child Care Certification Changes and Frequently Asked Questions.

Staff that have not completed a full educational certificate/diploma/degree program or whose training does not match the Educational Equivalencies Chart can have their individual coursework assessed by Early Learning and Child Care subject areas and course hours to determine an equivalent level of certification. Please refer to the Coursework Equivalency Chart in the Child Care Staff Certification Guide.

How to apply

Before you submit your application, please refer to the Child Care Staff Certification Guide for detailed information.

To apply, you will need to submit the following:

Additional documents required:

  • For Child Development Assistant certification, a photocopy of transcripts or course completion is required verifying 45 hours (3 credits) of early learning and child care coursework, completion of the Child Care Orientation Course or CCS 3110, 3120, 3130, 3140 and 3150 (offered through Alberta high schools).
  • For Child Development Worker and Supervisor certification, you must arrange for your official transcripts to be sent directly from your educational institution to the certification office. Please do not submit your original documents.
  • If your education was completed outside of Canada, refer to the Certification Guide to determine if you require a language proficiency assessment or other additional documents.

You can submit your application by mail, fax or by email to the following addresses:

Alberta Child Care Staff Certification Office
Alberta Children’s Services
9940-106 Street
Edmonton AB T5K 2N2
Fax: 780‑427‑1258
Email:  cs.staffcertification@gov.ab.ca

After you apply

After your application is assessed, the result will be sent to you by mail. Current certification application processing time is 10 to 12 weeks.

If you believe your education qualifies you for a higher level of certification than what you received or you have completed education that leads to a higher level of certification, you can submit a new application along with any additional information that might be useful for the re-assessment (i.e., course descriptions, updated official transcript, etc.).

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.

Alberta 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.

This non-credit course is available online and meets training requirements for certification as a child development assistant. The curriculum has been developed by Children’s Services in partnership with early childhood professionals, stakeholders, and educational institutions in Alberta. The course is funding by the Alberta Government and is offered at no cost to the student.

Orientation Course Registration Requirements

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

This course is offered online only.
Online Course Registration
Base Corp. Learning Systems
Phone: 1-877-486-2279

Contact us

Child Care Staff Certification Office
Call toll-free: 1-800-661-9754 (Alberta only)
In Edmonton and outside of Alberta: 780-422-1119
Email: cs.staffcertification@gov.ab.ca
Fax: 780-427-1258
Hours of Operation: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm

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

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Modified: 2018-05-22
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