Childcare and Language Asisstant

Program Overview

The accelerated Childcare and Language Assistant Certificate provides the student with the basic the knowledge of working with children, including child development, early learning in BC (and Canada) and its regulatory environment, child guidance, health, safety, nutritional needs of children along with Responsible Adult, First Aid CPR and Foodsafe certificates in 12 weeks.

The courses are provided with a variety of activities via classroom, guest speakers, observations, in-class practice, and field trips.

Graduates will be able to comfortably communicate in various forms, work as a team with a confidence to work with children with a full understanding and awareness of the regulations and policies specific to the workplace. The graduate will be confident in their decisions for their future career path or educational goals.

One of the requirements to work as an Early Childhood Education Assistant in a licensed childcare facility in BC is to be certified by the ECE Registry. The Childcare & Language Assistant Certificate program offered by Pacific Link College is not recognized by the ECE Registry. This means that upon graduation, students will have to apply for certification through the ECE Registry’s equivalency process. For more information about the process visit the ECE Registry website. 

The schedule and program end date are subject to change due to the student’s academic performance, course availability, academic breaks, additional electives, and study permit status.

Program Details

2 Months of Theory Courses

Theory Courses
    CPDT100 | College Success Strategies and Orientation  (20 hours)
    ECCE111 | Child Growth and Development: Foundations and Social Development (40 hours)
    ECCE112 | Child Growth and Development: Cognitive and Language Development (40 hours)
    ECCE121 | Guidance, Caring, and Behaviour Management (40 hours)
    ECCE131 | Health, Safety, and Nutrition (40 hours)

Fee Structure

Fees (in CAD) International Students Domestic Students
Tuition Fee $9,900 $2,170
Assessment Fee $250 $0
Application Fee $1,000 $400
Administration Fee $2,000 $0
Other Fee $300 $0
Textbook Fee $630 $630
Course Material Fees $394 $300
Total Fees $14,474 $3,500

Tuition refunds are based on policy stated in the college’s enrolment agreement and bound by the Private Training Act Regulation.


  • High school graduates or mature student status
  • Language requirement (recommended for optimum success)
    • Grade 10 level English or communications course (pass) or
    • IELTS 5.0 (4.5 Academic) or equivalent; or
    • TOEFL 35-45; or
    • PTE Academic (Minimum 29 Overall); or
    • CLB 5; or
    • CAEL 30; or
    • CELPIP 6; or
    • Duolingo 65-70 (englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants); or
    • College entrance test (50% minimum); or equivalent
  • International students must comply with the requirements of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in respect to study permit.

For more information on language requirements where internationally-recognized tests and other equivalencies are accepted, please consult with our admissions staff.