Become an Early Childhood Educator (ECE)
The first years of a child's education are among the most important. During this time educators can have a profound impact on a child's success in development – is being an early childhood educator the career for you?
To be qualified to work as a certified early childhood educator (ECE) in B.C., you are required to complete a basic early childhood education training program from an approved training institution.
Other types of early childhood education training in B.C. may be used as credits towards an ECE certificate – chat with an advisor at your training institution to learn more.
Training completed outside of the province can also be used as credits towards a B.C. certificate.
Getting a Certificate
First-time application: Graduates from an approved training program can work as an early childhood educator or assistant once they apply to receive a certificate from the provincial government.
Infant/toddler and special needs educators must first be certified as a basic early childhood educator. After completing a post-basic ECE training program for one of these specialties, they can receive a certificate for both their basic and post-basic training.
Renew or maintain a certificate: Find out how to stay qualified to work as an early childhood educator or assistant in B.C.: