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Child Development Practitioner (Apprenticeship Certificate)

Certificate of Apprenticeship

Certificate of Apprenticeship

Program Description

This program is designed for those already working in the ECE field who wish to pursue formal studies and receive certification. Child Development Practitioner (CDP) apprentices are required to take 23 modules of in-school training. This training is completed part-time through evening classes.

Durham College provides the in-school training portion for the Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Program. You must maintain excellent attendance, a minimum mark of 70 per cent in each subject and a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher in order to successfully complete your program

The CDP Certificate of Apprenticeship is awarded from the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities (MTCU), upon the successful completion of the in-school training and the practical work experience (on-the-job-hours) as mandated by MTCU. CDP graduates may apply to obtain their Early Childhood Education diploma after completing two additional ECE Communication courses and three General Education electives.

To be eligible to enrol in the Durham College CDP program, you must be registered as an apprentice with the MTCU:

  • You must find an employer to hire and train you before your training program can begin.
  • An MTCU Apprenticeship Training Agreement must be signed (by you as the apprentice, your employer and your Employment Training Consultant (ETC) before you enroll at Durham College. For contact information see General Apprenticeship Information below.
  • Following signing of an apprenticeship training agreement you must then make an application to the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and pay the membership fee. For more information about OCOT please visit

Bridge to ECE: CDP graduates who wish to obtain the full Early Childhood Education Diploma may choose to take two ECE Communication courses and three General Education Electives. CDP graduates who complete these five additional courses may apply to obtain their ECE diploma and register as a full ECE with the College of ECE.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Please click to view the CDP Student Handbook

For more information on the Durham College Child Development Practitioner courses please call us at 905.721.3052.

If you wish to attend school at Durham College:

  • Follow the process above to register as an apprentice.
  • After receiving your MTCU Training Agreement, complete and submit the CDP Apprenticeship Application Form.
  • Please contact us at to be placed on a list to receive registration dates and information when available.

General Apprenticeship Information

For more information on how to become a registered apprentice, please contact your local apprenticeship office or visit the MTCU website at

For Durham Region, please contact:
78 Richmond St. W., 1st Floor,
Oshawa, ON L1G 1E1
Tel: 905.433.3028

Apprenticeship Grants

Financial help is available for apprentices. Some Ministry-funded programs that may be available to you include:

  • Apprenticeship Completion Bonus - Non-Red Seal Trades
  • Apprenticeship Scholarship (under 25 years of age)
  • Loans for tools

To check eligibility, application processes and deadline dates, please visit:

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