Renew & Maintain Early Childhood Educator Certification

Certificate Extension

To support ECE and ECE Assistants during the pandemic and to provide them with additional time to meet certification renewal requirements, the Ministry of Children and Family Development has amended the Child Care Licensing Regulation to extend the expiry dates on some ECE and ECE Assistant certificates that will expire this year. Specifically:

  • Five-year certificates (i.e. ECE Assistant, ECE, Infant Toddler, Special Needs) issued in 2015 between May 7 and December 31 will be extended by one year
  • ECE-one-year certificates issued or renewed in 2019 can now be renewed twice

Read the letter issued to child care partners for the full details, including next steps for registrants.

Should you have any questions regarding these amendments, please contact the Registry at 1-888-338-6622 or at

Renew your certificate by completing the appropriate renewal application. Mailing instructions and a list of required supporting documents are on the form.Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) (PDF)

If your certificate has been expired for more than five years, be sure to include the following items with your renewal application:

  • 500 Hour Work Experience Form (PDF) showing work experience within the last five years, under the supervision of a certified ECE
  • Proof of 40 hours of professional development completed within the last five years related to the field of early childhood education

If your certificate has been expired for more than 10 years, you may also need to include a resume to evaluate past work experiences.

Note: One-year ECE certificates can only be renewed once.

Professional Development

To be eligible for renewal, early childhood educators must complete 40 hours of professional development over the course of their certification term. Be sure to keep track of your certificate expiry date so that you have enough time to finish professional development courses or programs.

Make sure courses or workshops are relevant to working in the early childhood field – choose topics like:

  • Child growth and development
  • Child guidance
  • Advocacy for children, families and the field
  • History of early childhood education
  • Self-care as related to supporting effective practice
  • Development of program policies
  • Addressing human resource issues
  • Managing child care programs
  • Maintaining children’s health, safety and nutrition
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Special needs
  • Infant & toddler

Submit proof of professional development along with your renewal application – this could include a:

  • Workshop certificate that has your name, the topic of the workshop, the date and hours of the workshop 
  • Unofficial or official transcript showing completion of a credit or non-credit course
  • Photocopy of a transcript for a certificate/diploma or degree in a field related to early childhood education

Find professional development opportunities:

Early childhood educator assistant (ECEA) renewal requires taking a basic early childhood education training course from a recognized institution that was not previously taken before getting the ECEA certificate. Proof of completion of the course is submission of a transcript – photocopies or unofficial copies are not acceptable.

Follow the Standards of Practice

The Code of Ethics is a set of principles and standards of practice endorsed by the Early Childhood Educators of British Columbia (ECEBC) that help early childhood educators decide what conduct is right and correct.

Occupational standards describe level of skills, knowledge and abilities needed to be considered a capable early childhood educator. Make sure you and your staff meet the required occupational competencies.

Provincial rules for running a licensed child care facility are outlined in the Community Care and Assisted Living Act and Child Care Licensing Regulation.