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Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship

Level Certificate

Earn while you learn with this flexible delivery option.


There is an increasing demand for child development practitioners who are not only skilled in the practical aspects of the trade, but also have a sound theoretical knowledge. The majority of the training takes place while working on the job as a paid apprentice, and the formal education portion is taken via distance education. This program can be completed in as little as three years.

Your Future Career

  • Child care centres or nursery schools
  • Kindergarten programs
  • Resource and learning access programs
  • Specialty early learning schools

What Your Learn

  • Child development
  • Infant, toddler, pre-school and school-aged curricula
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Health, safety and nutrition 
  • Administration

You must be a signed apprentice with the Ontario College of Trades to be eligible.

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Academic Upgrading

CDP100 Child Development I 
CDP105 Health, Safety, and Nutrition 
CDP110 Creative Expression 
CDP115 Child Development II
CDP120 Inclusive Practice and Advocacy
CDP125 Foundations of Early Learning Environment 
CDP130 Preschool Learning Environment I
CDP135 School Age Learning Environment
CDP140 Foundations of Early Learning Environment Placement 
CDP145 Preschool Learning Environment I Placement
CDP150 School Age Learning Environment Placement
CDP160 Child Protection
CDP200 Child Development III: Inclusion of Children with Exceptionalities
CDP205 Legislation and Social Policy in Early Learning Administration
CDP210 Child, Family, and Community
CDP215 Infant and Toddler Learning Environment
CDP220 Preschool Learning Environment II
CDP225 Interpersonal Communication
CDP230 Philosophies and Education Models for Early Childhood Development
CDP235 Professional Practice
CDP240 Infant and Toddler Learning Environment Placement
CDP245 Preschool Learning Environment II Placement
CDP250 Advanced  Placement

Child Development Practitioner Apprenticeship Certificate

Further your Education to obtain your Early Childhood Education diploma with the completion of 3 additional GED courses.

Please contact the Admissions Office if you have additional questions about the internal application process:

Admissions Office
705.474.7600 ext 5123