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

Child Care Staff Certification

Certification forms and guides

Current certification application processing time is 6 to 8 weeks.

Do you need another copy of your certificate? Request one using the Change of Personal Information form.

Certification requirements

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

To apply, read the Certification Guide for Child Care Staff and complete the application form.

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.

Read about the whole certification process.

Educational equivalencies for certification

Staff who have previous training or are requesting a re-assessment of credentials may refer to the Educational Equivalency Chart (equivalencies outlined on this chart are expiring on April 1, 2018. More below).

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.

On April 2, 2018, the educational equivalencies and language proficiency requirements for child care staff certification will be changing. 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.

Orientation course

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.

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
Fax: 780-427-1258
Hours of Operation: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm

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

Modified: 2018-03-06
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