AECEO Certification

A Journey Towards Personal and Professional Growth for RECEs


What is AECEO Certification?

• A unique professional development process leading to a credential that demonstrates a high standard of professional competence.

• The next professional step to take after registering with the College of Early Childhood Educators and becoming a member of your professional association, the AECEO.

Benefits to the ECE field and the Individual Professional

Becoming AECEO Certified supports professionalism within the field of ECE. With the establishment of the College of ECE (CECE) our field became recognized as a profession and therefore subject to a set of standards and a code of ethics. The CECE’s Continuous Professional Learning program (CPL) is mandatory for all registered professionals.

The AECEO Certification process will help RECEs fulfill the requirements of the CPL by facilitating the self-assessment process and the subsequent development of a professional learning plan. The development of an E-Portfolio enables reflection and documentation of the process and will help serve as permanent evidence throughout your career.

The AECEO Certification process supports reflective practice, improves professional skills, and reinforces the values and beliefs that led you to this work. Building an E-Portfolio allows RECEs to demonstrate that they remain current, can respond to personal and professional challenges, and continue to learn.

Please note that this process is intended for RECEs who wish to become AECEO Certified. Current AECEO Certified members are not required to renew their AECEO Certification under this process.

What does the process look like?

Our aim is to help all applicants succeed professionally and attain AECEO Certified status.

 Phase I

• Register for and successfully complete the online Professional Module

• Register for and successfully complete the online E-Portfolio Module

Phase II

• Successfully complete the E-Portfolio development/assessment process.

The benchmarks for the E-Portfolio are based on the CECE Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

 Click here to review the information package.


There is no overall timeline applied to the AECEO Certification process, however, each online module must be completed within six months of enrollment.

Phase II

The AECEO recognizes that each applicant is unique in their learning style and is able to set their own timeline for completion of the E-Portfolio. Therefore there is no deadline for submitting this requirement. For more information and/or to learn how to complete your E-Portfolio and participate in this valuable program please contact / 1-866-932-3236 ext.27 to receive the AECEO Certification Process Phase II Manual.  The requirements for an E-Portfolio to be submitted for assessment in Phase II of the AECEO Certification Process are set out in the manual.

We would like at this time to formally express the AECEO’s profound thanks and sincere appreciation to the members of the Certification Advisory Committee, who led the review and launch of the new Certification process, for their support, time, effort and expertise. They exemplify professionalism in every way and the renewal of Certification could not have been accomplished without them.

Gwen Berry, Stacy Ryder, Monica Bissett, Diane Kashin, Lucille Kelleher, Sue Tam


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  • Lena DaCosta
    commented 2017-04-11 14:55:21 -0400
    Hello Nehal, for information on Equivalency, you should contact the College of ECE
  • Nehal Bhatt
    commented 2017-04-11 13:59:38 -0400
    Hi, I am Nehal Bhatt. I have got my credential assessment done through the WES and my education is equivalent to ECA in Canada. I wish to know if i can take some specific courses to be able to complete ECE or do i need to go for the whole ECE education? Also whether it can be done online through a recommended institution
  • Poonam Sharma
    commented 2016-11-28 11:54:19 -0500
    I am Poonam Sharma. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Education, Post graduate degree in English. I want to pursue my career in education line. One of my friend received level 3 and is recently doing job in day-care without doing ECE in Alberta. My question is if i want to job, is there any agency for my transcripts evaluation after which i can also get level and can do job in day cares or any institute related to education in Ontario? Right now i am planning to do ECE-Intensive and then i have to register myself for this association. Am i on right track as i wanted to continue my career in this line? Is there any other way to get into this after my transcripts evaluation done in which there is no need to do study? I am in trouble. Please help me.
  • Amy Andress
    commented 2016-02-09 23:45:00 -0500
    I have completed and received a certificate for phase I by successfully completing the Professional Module and the E-Portfolio Module. My question is where can I find the link to Register for Phase II?
    Thank you for your time.
    Amy Andress RECE
  • Sue Parker
    commented 2015-04-17 19:04:02 -0400
    Hello Jenny – To become a Registered Early Childhood Educator in Ontario you are required to join the College of Early Childhood Educators. You can find out about which credentials are accepted on the College’s website:
  • Jenny Dancel
    commented 2015-04-13 16:01:25 -0400
    Hi, I am a certified Child Care Worker (Level II) here in Alberta. How and what is the process to get my certification be recognized in Ontario? Thanks a lot for your reply
  • Sue Parker
    commented 2015-03-25 15:31:20 -0400
    Hello Farah,
    Thank you for your interest in joining the AECEO. It is very easy to become a member, just click the JOIN/RENEW ONLINE bar on the right side of our home page. As to AECEO Certification, we have a full information package about that process that you can download located further up on this page.
    Please note that AECEO Certification is not the same as becoming a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE), in fact, in order to become AECEO Certified you must first be an RECE. If you need information about registering with the College of Early Childhood Educators to become an RECE, please go to the College’s website:
    All the best
  • Farah Said
    commented 2015-03-23 10:00:20 -0400
    I am an ECE’s Student in my last semester. I would like to be a member of your organization, but I have no idea how I can apply for it. Also, I want to learn how I can get my AECEO Certification. Thank you
  • Ruby Kamrun Nessa
    commented 2015-01-11 10:58:20 -0500

    I am a new immigrant arrived in Toronto some days ago. In my back home I have completed my graduation and post-graduation in Education. There I was working as a school teacher for last 15 years. Herein Canada I want to continue my profession for which I need to add some professional values. I am interested to further study on Early Childhood Education.
    In view of this I need some future guidelines for further study so that I can utilize my previous education and experience in this field.
    Your help is solicited to go ahead in this regard.

  • Sue Parker
    commented 2014-09-02 16:15:56 -0400
    Hi Teresa, Thank you for posting this question.

    Modules 1 and 2 do not require the submission of actual evidence from your practice as they are more theoretical in nature. Phase II, E- Portfolio Development will require actual evidence from your practice, but as there is no specific timeline for completion of Phase II, you could begin working on it while on leave and then complete and submit your E-Portfolio after your return to practice. You will also find additional information and more detail about both the online modules and E-Portfolio requirements in the information package posted above. Please continue to post any questions that arise as it helps us to understand the kind of information that is needed.
  • Teresa Melo
    commented 2014-09-02 12:36:55 -0400
    Hi Lena, I have a question regarding getting certified. I am currently on maternity leave and was wondering if it would be a good idea to do my certification now, while I am at home or should I wait until I go back to work to do my certification? Not too sure if there is documentation of what I am doing in program or how certain principles are being shown in the classroom that has to be submitted in with the modules
  • Lena DaCosta
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    published this page in Professional Portal 2014-04-03 08:29:09 -0400