Requirements for Registration

​A person must meet all six of the following requirements in order to be issued a Certificate of Registration from the College. These requirements must also be met by former members who apply to the College to have their Certificate of Registration re-issued.

1. Complete in full and submit the application form, along with supporting documentation as applicable

The College has two application pathways, each with its own form and guide. Complete the form that applies to your circumstances.


See the table on the 'How to Apply/Forms' page to determine which form applies to you and to access the corresponding guide.

2. Have successfully completed education required for ECE practice in Ontario

There are five ways to meet this requirement:

d. Possession of a Letter of Equivalency from the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) or the Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (Aféseo) that was issued prior to February 23, 2014.


You must submit proof of your education. The type of proof depends on the option you use to meet this requirement. See the application guide that corresponds to your application pathway for instructions about what documents must be submitted.

3. Be eligible to work in Canada

There are three ways to meet this requirement: 

  1. Canadian citizenship
  2. Permanent residency in Canada
  3. Holding current and valid authorization (i.e., a work permit) under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to engage in employment within the practice of the profession

You must submit proof of your eligibility to work in Canada. The type of proof depends on the option you use to meet this requirement. See the application guide that corresponds to your application pathway for instructions about what documents must be submitted.

​4. Be proficient in English or French

There are three ways to meet this requirement:
  1. Graduation from a diploma or degree program, offered by a post-secondary institution, where the language of instruction for the program was either English or French.
  2. ​Possession of a Letter of Equivalency from the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario (AECEO) or Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario (Aféseo) in certain circumstances as specified in the College’s Policy regarding Language Fluency.
  3. ​​Achievement of the scores required by the College on an English or French language test that has been approved by the College.

Details about these three options, including the language tests that the College accepts and minimum scores required on them, are set out in the College’s Policy regarding Language Fluency. See the application guide that corresponds to your application pathway for instructions about what documents must be submitted.

5. Satisfy considerations about issues potentially affecting practice

There is only one way to meet this requirement:

  • ​Based on an assessment of the information provided in your application form and all supporting documents in relation to your application, the College must be satisfied that you:
    1. Are mentally competent to practise the profession, and
    2. ​Will practise the profession with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law, including but not limited to the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, the regulations under that Act, and the College’s by-laws, and
    3. ​Have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to practise the profession. 

Details about how the College assesses applicants for this requirement are set out in the College’s Policy for assessing issues that may affect the practice of early childhood education​. See the application guide that corresponds to your application pathway for instructions about what documents must be submitted.

​6. Submit payment of the application and registration fees

There are two ways to meet this requirement:

  1. ​Cheque / money order / bank draft made out to the College of Early Childhood Educators
  2. ​Visa, Visa Debit, or MasterCard

See the application guide that corresponds to your application pathway for instructions about how to make payment and what information you need to provide to the College about your payment.