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? 

Training Requirements

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 receive certification 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.: