Out-of-country ECE qualifications - British Columbia



The following credentials are accepted as equivalent:

  • United Kingdom: A National Nursery Education Board (NNEB) is considered equivalent to the requirements for licensure as an ECE and Infant/Toddler Educator; a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 or higher is considered equivalent to the requirements for licensure as an Assistant.
  • France: A diplôme professionnel de professeurs des écoles is considered equivalent to the requirements for ECE licensure.
  • USA: Montessori training completed at an institution accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) is considered equivalent to meeting the requirements as an ECE Assistant. Individuals with these credentials may apply directly to the ECE Registry for licensure.

Individuals with other out-of-country credentials are required to have them evaluated by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).  ICES requires an official transcript as a basis for the evaluation and a Program Confirmation Form completed by the training institution.  There is a $225 fee per credential evaluated.  See the evaluation process for details.  The review takes approximately 7 weeks.

In addition to the ICES report a Program Confirmation must be completed by the training institution and sent directly to the ECE Registry. This document will outline the course content and instructional hours completed by the applicant at their training institution. 

Once the ICES evaluation and Program Confirmation is received, the ECE Registry either grants equivalency or identifies additional areas of study required and the BC post-secondary institutions identify courses that meet those areas of study.