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Certificate of Apprenticeship
If you are unsure if you should take CDP or ECE, visit our Pathways to ECE page to compare.
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 Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), upon the successful completion of the in-school training and the practical work experience (on-the-job-hours) as mandated by the MLTSD. 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 enroll in the Durham College CDP program, you must be registered as an apprentice with the MLTSD:
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.
Upon completion of all 23 CDP courses, students must first apply to graduate from the CDP program. Students must then apply for admission in the Bridge to ECE program. Contact the ppl office at email@example.com to obtain these forms or for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
General Apprenticeship Information
For more information on how to become a registered apprentice, please contact your local apprenticeship office or visit the Government of Ontario website at https://www.ontario.ca/page/employment-ontario
For Durham Region, please contact:
MLTSD, Durham Region Apprenticeship Office
78 Richmond St. W.
Oshawa, ON L1G 1E1
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) financial help is available for apprentices. Some ministry-funded programs that may be available to you include:
To check eligibility, application processes and deadline dates, please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/hire-apprentice
As the Director of the Children’s Services Division, supporting more than 300 child care programs in the Region of Durham, I recognize the essential need for qualified Early Childhood Educators to offer high-quality services across the early learning sector.
As an Early Childhood Educator for more than 25 years, I can attest to what a rewarding experience it is to work in partnership with families, caregivers, and community partners to support children’s learning, development and well-being, while fostering their sense of belonging.
Lisa McIntosh RECE, M. Ed.
Director – Children’s Services Division, Social Services Department, The Regional Municipality of Durham