Apply for child care worker certification

  • How to apply for certification
  • Levels of certification
  • Types of education we'll consider for certification
  • Education completed outside Canada

  1. How to apply for certification

    To apply for certification as a child care worker in Yukon you must:

    1. Download and complete an application form.
    2. Have an official transcript of your completed coursework issued by your post-secondary institution.
    3. Submit your application form and transcript to us. We'll assess your application and may also ask you to submit your course syllabus to help us with our assessment.

      In person:
      Child Care Services Unit
      9010 Quartz Road
      Whitehorse

      Mail:
      Government of Yukon
      Child Care Services Unit (H-12)
      Box 2703
      Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

    You need to intend to work in Yukon

    For us to consider your application, you must be intending to work in licensed child care programs in Yukon.

    Your assessment results

    We'll send you a letter with our assessment result in the mail within 20 working days of the date you submitted your application.

    If you are not in Yukon

    If you're working in another province or territory, you must apply for a certificate in the jurisdiction where you live and work.

    We will not process applications from people from other territories or provinces who do not intend to work in licensed child care programs in Yukon.

    If you're planning to move to Yukon

    If you are not currently living in Yukon but plan to relocate here to work in a licensed child care program, include your potential place of employment on your application. We'll confirm this information before we assess your application.

    If you're outside Canada

    We will not process applications from people outside Canada who do not intend to work in licensed child care programs in Yukon.

     

     


  2. Levels of certification

    There are 5 levels of certification. Here's what you require for each of them.

    Level 1

    60 hours of coursework, or the equivalent, in early childhood development.

    Level 1A

    • A minimum of 45 hours in the health stream.
    • A minimum of 60 hours in the child development stream.
    • A minimum of 45 hours in the professional practice in early learning and child care stream.
    • A minimum of 45 hours in the methods stream.
    • A minimum of 135 hours in the field placement stream (1 field placement, 1 seminar).

    Level 2

    • A minimum of 45 hours in the health stream.
    • A minimum of 90 hours in the child development stream.
    • A minimum of 45 hours in the professional practice in early learning and child care stream.
    • A minimum of 90 hours in the methods stream.
    • A minimum of 390 hours in the field placement stream (1 field placement, 1 seminar).

    Level 2A

    • A minimum of 90 hours in the health stream.
    • A minimum of 135 hours in the child development stream.
    • A minimum of 90 hours in the professional practice in early learning and child care stream.
    • A minimum of 135 hours in the methods stream.
    • A minimum of 645 hours in the field placement stream (1 field placement, 1 seminar).

    Level 3

    To receive a child care worker level 3, you must have a completed:

    • a 2-year early learning and child care diploma; or
    • a 2-year early childhood development diploma.

    You must also have the following.

    • A minimum of 135 hours in the health stream.
    • A minimum 225 hours in the child development stream.
    • A minimum of 135 hours in the professional practice in early learning and child care stream.
    • A minimum of 180 hours in the methods stream.
    • A minimum of 900 hours in the field placement stream (1 field placement, 1 seminar).
    • A minimum of 45 hours in the English stream

    Coursework we'll consider

    Coursework we may consider as equivalent for these levels must:

    Yukon University coursework

    We accept early learning and child care coursework from Yukon University.

    Talk to us about your training plans

    If you're interested in pursuing training from other educational programs, contact us to find out whether or not we'll recognize the educational program for child care worker level certification.

    Continuous learning

    We recommend that certified child care workers continue to enrol in workshops, courses and conferences as part of their professional development.


  3. Types of education we'll consider for certification

    We'll consider the following areas of education for level certification.

    Early childhood certificate and diplomas

    • A completed certificate in early childhood education or early childhood development may be equivalent to a child care worker level 2.
    • A completed diploma in early childhood education or early childhood development may be equivalent to a child care worker level 3.
    • If have a diploma in early childhood education or early childhood development and we grant you a child care worker level 3, you will not need to do any additional course work to maintain this level certification.

    Montessori

    • An Association Montessori International Diploma may be equivalent to a child care worker level 2.

    Related diploma and degree programs

    • A diploma or degree in the health and social sciences fields or a bachelor of education degree may be equivalent to a child care worker level 3. You must 1st successfully complete a 60-hour early childhood development course.
    • If you have a diploma or degree in the health and social sciences fields or a bachelor of education degree and we grant you a child care worker level 3, your certification will be valid for 1 year.

    How to maintain your certification

    • During the 1-year period that your certification is valid you must complete a minimum 30-hour post-secondary accredited early childhood development course to maintain your child care worker level 3 certification.
    • You must:
      • re-apply for your child care worker certification before your certification expires; and
      • provide proof that you've successfully completed your early childhood development coursework.
    • If you meet the requirements, we'll give you certification for 1 additional year.
    • If you do not meet the requirements prior to the expiration date on your child care worker level 3 certificate, your level 3 certification is no longer valid.

  4. Education completed outside Canada

    We are not able to evaluate degree or diploma programs in countries other than Canada.

    We may be able to consider programs that an accredited post-secondary institution accepts as equivalent to our certification requirements.

    Get your coursework assessed

    You can submit your coursework to a recognized Canadian credentialling agency to assess what it's equivalent to within Canada. We may then be able to assess the credentialling report you receive.

    Find out about getting your qualifications assessed if you're a foreign worker.