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Provincial Certification for British Columbia

Certificate Issued By: Early Childhood Educator Registry

Contact Info: 1-888-338-6622

Certificate LevelPacific Rim ECI Academic Training Required for CertificationOther Requirements for Certification
Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) One of the following courses: Health, Safety and Nutrition
Child Growth and Development
Guiding and Caring
None
Early Childhood Educator (ECE) 1 year Basic Early Childhood Educator Certificate
Character Reference
Early Childhood Educator (ECE) 5 year Basic Early Childhood Educator Certificate
500 hours of supervised work in an ECE setting and a competency-based reference
Infant Toddler Educator (ITE) Basic Early Childhood Educator Certificate
Post-Basic Infant/Toddler Educator Certificate
500 hours of supervised work in an ECE setting and a competency-based reference
Special Needs Educator (SNE) Basic Early Childhood Educator Certificate
Post-Basic Special Needs Educator Certificate
500 hours of supervised work in an ECE setting and a competency-based reference

Individuals certified in Early Childhood Education as defined in provincial/territorial legislation in another province or territory will be certified in British Columbia at an equivalent level.

Original or notarized copies of certification are required plus the character/competency letter, application form and, if applicable, a letter from the training institution confirming completion of an infant/toddler practicum.

If the applicant has not already achieved certification in another province or territory, an assessment of credentials is carried out. Please note that a two-year ECE diploma from a post-secondary institution, recognized in its home province, is deemed equivalent to an ECE. The applicant must submit an official transcript and a Program Confirmation Form completed by the training institution, forwarded directly to the Registry. A Program Confirmation outlines the course content and instructional hours completed by the applicant. If the credential is more than 10 years old, proof of work and PD must also be submitted. Other ECE credentials are reviewed against B.C.'s Occupational Competencies Assessment tool. The Registry identifies additional areas of study required and the B.C. post-secondary institution identifies courses that meet those areas of study. Alternatively, the applicant may contact a training institution approved by the ECE Registry to discuss an academic assessment of the individual's training, or they may undertake PLAR at Northern Lights, College of the Rockies or Douglas College.

For the most the current information, please visit the Canadian Guide to ECE Credentialing in British Columbia..

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