Basic Certificate – Admission Requirements

To be admissible to the BC Early Childhood Education Basic Certificate Program, you need the following:

  1. Be at least 19 years of age when the program starts.
  2. Have high school graduation or equivalent.
  3. Meet the English language requirement:
    • Have completed at least four years of secondary or post-secondary studies taught in English, or
    • Completed an undergraduate or graduate level degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction, or
    • Completed six credits of post-secondary English courses at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction, or
    • Taken either an IELTS Academic or TOEFL English assessment test and met the UBC required scores (see this webpage for minimum scores and other accepted language tests).

    If you have any questions about how to meet the English requirement, please contact us at

  4. Have achieved third-year standing at an accredited post-secondary institution (i.e., you have completed your 2nd year in, or have graduated from, a four-year degree at an approved university, or have completed 60 credits in a two-year program at an approved university or college).

    Have a minimum of 75 hours of experience working or volunteering with children (ages birth to 9 years*) in a formal group setting (e.g., licensed childcare centre, pre-school, after school care, community centre, etc.), together with two letters of reference that can speak to the experience.
    * birth to 9 is the typical age for ECE, but the BC ECE certificate is for people who wish to work with children under 5.

  5. Clear a Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) Check through the Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP)
    UBC is subject to the requirements of the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA), which means that all students who are enrolled in programs that include a practicum component involving work with children or vulnerable adults will have to undergo a criminal record check before they will be permitted to register in the practicum. The CRRA Check must be carried out by the Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP) through UBC. See Criminal Record Checks, Office of the University Counsel, for more information.

    If you are found to present a risk of physical or sexual abuse to children, or physical, sexual or financial abuse to vulnerable adults, as a result of the CRRA Check, you will not be permitted to register in the practicum. As practicum is required for this program, this means that you would not be able to complete the program and you may not graduate. Therefore, you should consider this requirement carefully before applying to, or continuing in, this program.

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