This information was last updated on February 1, 2013 prior to the CCHRSC’s dissolution. For more information, please see the message from the Board.
What is Credentialing & Certification?
Credentialing (also referred to as “certification”) refers to the practice of documenting a person’s educational qualifications in order to allow them to practice their profession in a particular province or territory. The term can be used for three types of designations:
Why is Credentialing & Certification Important?
Credentialing/certification protects the health, safety and welfare of the public in situations where they (e.g. young children) are unlikely to be able to assess the level of competence of the service. Also, credentialing/certification assures the public that practitioners have at least minimum levels of competence, perform their services ethically and are members of the occupation.
It is important for ECE program faculty to understand the relevant requirements in their province/territory.
CCHRSC’s Credentialing Resources
The final results of the Pathways to Credentialing in Canada’s ECEC Sector project included the creation of the following resources: