Fact Sheet - Child Care Worker

Regulated profession (NOC 2021)
Regulatory bodyProvince of Manitoba - Early Learning and Child Care Program (ELCC)
Regulated titlesThere are three levels of classification in Manitoba:
  • Child Care Assistant (CCA)
  • Early Childhood Educator (ECE) II
  • Early Childhood Educator (ECE) III
Classification processSee ELCC - Become Classified.
Credential assessmentELCC refers internationally educated applicants to members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) for the verification and assessment of academic credentials.

While ELCC will accept assessments from any ACESC member, IQAS is the preferred assessment agency.
Language proficiencySee ELCC - Internationally Educated Applicants - Frequently Asked Questions.

There are no specific language requirements for classification. However, to gain employment in a licensed child care facility in Manitoba, individuals must demonstrate a suitable proficiency level in English (or, where applicable, French).
Bridging/gap programsELCC offers the Early Childhood Educator: Internationally Educated Qualifications Program (ECE:IEQ). To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum of CLB 7 in all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in English.
Professional competency profilesSee ELCC - Best Practices Licensing Manual for Family and Group Child Care Homes (Section C1 – Personal Assessment).
Essential skills profileGo to Job Bank - Explore careers by essential skills, search for the occupation via name or NOC code, and view the essential skills profile.
Employment outlookGo to Job Bank - Explore job outlooks, search the occupation name or NOC code, and view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search toolsTo search job postings in any occupation, visit Job Bank or Work in Manitoba.
Related occupations/alternate careers (NOC 2021)Below are examples of occupations working with children, youth, or in education settings:

  • 43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  • 54100 – Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport and fitness
  • 53201 – Coaches
  • 44101 – Home support workers, caregivers and related occupations
  • 42201 – Social and community service workers
  • 42203 – Instructors of persons with disabilities
  • 14100 – General office support workers
  • 45100 – Student monitors, crossing guards and related occupations
  • 73301 – Bus drivers, subway operators and other transit operators

While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification/registration requirements with a professional regulatory body. Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification. Always check the hiring criteria carefully. Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.
Last updated December 2022.


  1. This fact sheet serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration processes, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
  2. The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access four versions of NOC (2021, 2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. When searching an occupation on the NOC website, always use the most recent version (NOC 2021).
  3. The regulatory body is the only organization that can grant entry into a regulated occupation via registration and the issuing of a licence or certificate. Other organizations (e.g., national bodies, regional bodies, membership associations, etc.) are not regulatory bodies.