Find your ECE application pathway

This page will help you find which application is right for you.

If you are applying for a certificate for the first time or for a different type of certificate, follow the pathways below to learn how to apply.


Last updated: February 3, 2022

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Find your application pathway

Where did you complete your education? 

If you completed your education at multiple educational institutions, your application process may be a combination of multiple pathways. Contact the ECE Registry for more information.


Explore your education options

If you don’t meet education requirements and you are not certified in another Canadian province/territory, explore the options below.

  • Complete a recognized program
    • Find a recognized early childhood education program that meet the requirements for ECE certification in B.C.
  • Complete a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition program
    • If you have ECE work experience but do not have an educational credential, contact an early childhood education program that is recognized by the ECE Registry to discuss whether a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is an option for you
    • PLAR does an assessment of your life and work experience and may transfer it into academic credit

If you have completed one course that meets the requirements, you may be eligible to apply for an ECE Assistant Certificate so you can work as an ECE Assistant while you are completing the academic requirements to achieve full certification.