Credentialed Evaluator

The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES), as the professional order for Evaluation in Canada, seeks to contribute to the professionalization of evaluation. The CES Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation is designed to: definerecognize; and, promote the practice of ethical, high quality and competent evaluation in Canada through a program for professional designations. The designation means that the holder has provided evidence of the education and experience required by the CES to be a competent evaluator.


Qualification 1: 

Evidence of graduate level degree or certificate

  • If your degree is from outside Canada, you may be asked to have your educational credentials assessed through one of the Credential Evaluation, Assessment and Qualification Recognition services listed in the Canadian Information Centre for Internal Credentials
  • The applicant is asked for evidence of education – a copy of their degree.
  • Where an Applicant does not have graduate level education, a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be undertaken. An applicant who does not have a graduate degree or certificate may be able to demonstrate the equivalent of that education through extensive work experience and professional development. Additional requirements are required to support an application under PLAR including: a current resume; examples of two work products; an essay outlining professional experience and education; please refer to the Applicant Guide for further information including fees.

Note: For the first year of the Professional Designations Program, there is a Grandparenting provision. If you do not hold a graduate level degree or certificate, but were a member in good standing of CES as recorded in CES membership list as of June 1, 2009 the PLAR is NOT necessary. CES national Council has included a grandparenting provision in the adoption of the Credentialed Evaluator designation.

Qualification 2:

Evidence of two (2) years (full-time equivalent) evaluation related work experience within the last ten (10) years. Statements of work experience are to be supplemented with letter(s) of reference using the reference/sponsor form.

Qualification 3:

Education and/or experience related to 70% of the competencies in EACH of the five domains of Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice . Applicants will draw selectively from their education and/or experience and align this to 70% of the competencies in each of 5 competency domains.

The alignment of experience and education to competencies in the five domains is done in a brief narrative in the application form with a maximum of 150 words or 1000 characters (including all lines) is permitted with each competency. It is not necessary to have both education and experience related to a competency. Rather applicants should provide evidence that, collectively and in combination, they have the required competency. Education is here taken to include professional development activities as well as formal education.


Qualification 4: 

The fourth qualification is related to maintaining the CE designation. Credentialed Evaluators will be required to provide evidence of ongoing learning and professional development – 40 hours of learning every three years.

For more information on becoming a CE and to begin the application process click here.

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