In Alberta, “Child Care Certification” is the process used by Alberta Human Services to review educational training competencies to determine and issue certification towards one, two and three levels of certification in accordance with Alberta “Child Care Licensing Regulation”. Staff working in licensed child care programs have six months to be certified and cannot be left alone to supervise children without Certification (Alberta Regulation, 143/2008).

The Alberta “Child Care Accreditation” program establishes standards that exceed those legislated by the province. These higher standards have been developed by members of the child care sector and Alberta Children and Youth Services. An accreditation agency works with accredited programs to ensure that these standards are followed. Currently licensed day care, out-of-school care, and contracted family day home agencies can participate in the Accreditation Program. (Alberta Regulation, 143/2008) NB: Child Care Accreditation is a voluntary program and is the only one of its kind in Canada.