Advanced Childhood Educator Training (ACET)

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What is Advanced Childhood Educator Training (ACET)?

ACET is a one-year, part-time online program delivered by Bow Valley College in partnership with TIES. The program prepares TIES learners, who already have Level 1 Early Childhood Educator certification, to advance their careers in a wide variety of childcare settings.

Learners who complete the certificate program successfully will be awarded an Early Childhood Education and Development certificate from BVC and will be eligible to apply for their Level 2 ECE certification through the Ministry of Children’s Services in Alberta. Learners will receive regular one on one support from TIES throughout the certificate program to ensure their success.

Support is available for students taking Calgary Transit to class.

This program includes:

  • Occupational language training
  • One on one employment counselling and mentoring
  • Workplace training via onsite practicums
  • Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate course

This program is offered in two parts:

  1. Online classes offered every Tuesday (3 hours), Wednesday (3 hours) and Thursday (3 hours) evening.
  2. 27 weeks of unpaid practicum, which provides work experience in a childcare facility

To learn more about getting your level 1 childcare educator certification, please check out our OST Childcare program.


Permanent Residents, Conventional Refugees, and Naturalized Canadian Citizens

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6 or higher

Must have Level 1 Early Childhood Educator Certification (such as the Bow Valley College ELCC1305 Developing Through Play course, the OST Childcare program at TIES, or another Government of Alberta approved training / certification)

Must be unemployed or under-employed

Must not be receiving EI benefits


April 18, 2022  – April 14, 2023
1st Practicum: Oct 3 – Dec 9, 2022
2nd Practicum: Jan 2 – April 14, 2023

Nov 1, 2022 – Nov 3, 2023
1st Practicum: May 1 – July 7, 2023
2nd Practicum: July 23 – Nov 3, 2023


Training is offered online
Practicum location depends on the employer


Free – No Cost


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6:00 – 9:00PM  6:00 – 9:00PM  6:00 – 9:00PM

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