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Individual Assessment of Educational Qualifications

What is the process for the individual assessment of educational qualifications?

Individuals who apply to the College have different education and experience backgrounds. The process for the individual assessment of educational qualifications is one way certain applicants can demonstrate that they meet the education requirement for registration with the College.

The process is designed for individuals who do not have the following backgrounds.

  • Graduation from a diploma program in early childhood education offered by an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (OCAAT),or
  • Graduation from a diploma or degree program, in or related to early childhood education, that is approved by the College as meeting the education requirement, or
  • Current licensure or registration in early childhood education with another province or territory in Canada that is recognized by the College for the purpose of labour mobility agreements (i.e., the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT))

If none of the above applies to you, then you may apply to the College to have your education and work experience assessed for meeting the education requirement for registration.


  • The assessment process only determines if you meet the College’s education requirement (and all other requirements for registration). If you do not meet the education requirement, the process will not identify courses that you should take.​​

Before applying for an in​dividual assessment

Check out our Individual Assessment FAQs and Understanding the Individual Assessment Process page​.​​


​Assessment Criteria

To determine whether an applicant meets the educational requirements for registration, the College will use criteria based on the Early Childhood Education Program Standard approved in 2012 by the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities).



​Application Guide – Indiv​idual Assessm​ent​

Application Form -​ Individual Assessment​​


Forms – Phase 2​

Validator’s Contact Inf​o​​rmation Form – This form must be completed and returned to the College by the applicant.

Validation of Work Experience Guide – This guide will assist the Validator in completing the Validation of Work Experience Form.​​​

​Self-Assessment Form​ –​ This form must be completed and returned to the College by the applicant.

Consideration of Alternative Documents Request Form

Consideration of Alternative Documents Guide



​Policy rega​rding La​nguage Fluency


Additional Resources​

Early Childhood Educators Qualifications Upgrade Program: a program to support individuals working in early learning settings to obtain an Early Childhood Education diploma and become eligible to apply for membership with the College.​