Child Care Staff Certification
The Certification Office is no longer open for walk-in service. A drop-box is available on-site for hand-delivery of applications and documents. The Certification Office is always available to answer questions and provide personalized service by phone and email.
Effective February 1, 2017, the English language proficiency tests accepted for certification are the CELPIP and IELTS General assessments.
Call toll-free: 1-800-661-9754 (Alberta only)
In Edmonton and outside of Alberta: 780-422-1119
Hours of Operation: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm
Certification forms and guides
- Certification Guide (Updated February 2017)
- Certification Application
- Change of Personal Information
Current certification application processing time is four to six weeks.
Do you need another copy of your certificate? Request one using the Change of Personal Information form.
For licensed day care programs, out-of-school care programs, and pre-school programs, all staff working directly with children must be certified within six months of employment and must not have unsupervised access to children until certified.
Certification looks at an applicant’s post-secondary training in early childhood education or equivalent and determines if they are eligible for one of the three levels of certification. The three levels of certification are:
How to become certified
When you apply, you are assigned a registration number. This number is unique to you and remains the same even if your certification level and/or status changes. Please provide this number every time you contact our office about your application.
Educational equivalencies for certification
Staff who have previous training or are requesting a re-assessment of credentials may refer to the Educational Equivalency Chart.
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 Course Hours Equivalency Chart.
The Child Care Orientation Course is for people without formal training in early learning and child care and who are interested in pursuing a career in child care.
Life Experience Equivalency Process (LEEP)
The Life Experience Equivalency Process (LEEP) recognizes child care competencies that child care professionals have obtained through experience and informal learning opportunities. LEEP provides a way for child care professionals to demonstrate that they have the competencies needed to advance from the child development assistant level and be certified as a child development worker.
Child Care Staff Certification Office
Alberta Children's Services
Edmonton AB T5K 2N2
Toll-free: 1‑800‑661‑9754 (Alberta only)
In Edmonton and outside of Alberta: 780‑422‑1119
Hours of Operation: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.