Become an Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

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Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) play a critical role in providing education and care for young children. To work as an ECE or ECE Assistant in a licensed child care facility in B.C. you must be certified by the ECE Registry.

Learn about the certificate types and requirements, and how to become certified or renew your certificate.

Last updated: June 17, 2022

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Certificate types

  • Explore which ECE certificate you may qualify for based on your education and experience

Prepare and apply for certification

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Maintain your certification

ECE profession in B.C.

Complaints and investigations


Validate a certificate

  • Validate a certificate online with an ECE or ECE Assistant’s last name, certificate (registration) number and certificate expiry date


Contact information

Contact the ECE Registry


Victoria: 250-356-6501

Toll-free: 1-888 338-6622


Victoria, BC V8W 9R4

Duty to report

If you think a child is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker.

Phone 1-800-663-9122 any time.