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"Good Character" FAQs.
1. When is my renewal due?
Each year, your annual renewal is due on or before the anniversary of the date on which your Certificate of Registration was issued. The date on which your Certificate of Registration was issued is indicated on your Certificate of Registration and this information is also available on the
public register. The College will mail you a renewal notice 60 days before your annual membership fee must be paid.
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2. How do I renew my membership?
Please complete and submit the
Membership Renewal Form (two pages), along with the fee.
Please ensure your full name, registration number and e-mail address (if applicable) are written clearly and legibly on your form. Fill in the
Change of Information Form if your personal, employment, or contact information or electoral district has changed. If you do not have any changes to report, send only your completed Membership Renewal Form and payment.
Include your annual membership fee of $150 and mail your completed (both sides), dated and signed Membership Renewal Form and, if applicable, Change of Information Form, along with any supporting documents to the
3. Can I fax my renewal?
If you are paying by credit card (Visa or MasterCard only), you may fax your
Membership Renewal Form and, if applicable,
Change of Information Form, to the College at 416 961-8772. If you are using another method of payment, your Membership Renewal Form and, if applicable, Change of Information Form, must be
mailed to the College.
Forms can be mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the College. Receipt of faxes can only be confirmed 24 hours after they are received.
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4. How long will it take to process my renewal?
Processing takes approximately three to six weeks from the time the College receives your forms. Once your renewal is processed, a new membership card and receipt are mailed to your preferred mailing address. Please note that all fees paid by cheque are subject to a two-week hold. Incomplete Membership Renewal Forms cannot be processed and will delay the renewal of your membership.
5. What is the cost to renew my membership?
The annual membership fee to continue to be a member of the College is $150.
6. What are the accepted methods of payment?
Your $150 annual membership fee can be paid by cheque, credit card (excluding American Express and pre-paid credit cards), money order or bank draft in Canadian funds. Any cheque that is not honoured is subject to a $30 processing fee. No postdated cheques or cash will be accepted.
7. Can an employer pay the membership fees for staff (bulk payments)?
Yes. However, the
Membership Renewal Form and
Change of Information Form (if applicable) must be submitted for each individual member and received by the College along with payment from the employer. Regardless of whether an employer pays a member's fee, each individual member is responsible for ensuring the College has received her/his Membership Renewal Form and Change of Information Form (if applicable). Employers should submit a list of the names and registration numbers of the employees covered by the payment submitted by the employer.
8. What is my "CECE#"? Where can I find it?
The College of Early Childhood Educators number (CECE#) is your registration number. It is also sometimes referred to as a membership number. This number can be found on your Certificate of Registration, membership card, Renewal Notice and on the College's
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9. Why does the College not mail out membership renewal forms anymore?
As part of our effort to be environmentally-friendly and after noticing an increasing trend to electronically filled out forms, the College no longer sends paper forms with membership renewal notices. We are therefore encouraging all members to fill out
the forms online. Forms must be signed and returned to the College by mail, fax or e-mail.
email@example.com if you require a printed copy of the membership renewal form and the College will mail one to you.
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10. I did not receive my Renewal Notice. What should I do?
All forms required for renewal can be
downloaded. Complete, date and sign the
Membership Renewal Form, and
Change of Information Form (if applicable) and mail them, along with your annual membership fee of $150 and any supporting documents, to
If you did not receive your Renewal Notice, it may mean that the College does not have your correct address. Accordingly, please also advise the College that you did not receive your Renewal Notice by sending an e-mail to the College's office at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, member number and current mailing address and indicate that you did not receive your Renewal Notice.
Please note: Members are required to notify the College within 30 days of a change to information provided by members to the College, including contact information. It is important that members update their contact information as soon as possible as all forms and correspondences are mailed to the last address on file.
Please note: Members who do not receive a Renewal or Reminder Notice are still responsible for any late fees incurred due to their annual membership fee being paid after the due date. It is each member's responsibility to ensure they have paid their annual membership fee by the due date.
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11. My renewal is late. What should I do?
Members are responsible for ensuring that, each year, they renew on time to avoid incurring late charges. If your payment is not received by the College on or before the anniversary of the date on which your Certificate of Registration was issued, you must also pay a $20 late fee for a total payment of $170. As soon as possible, download the
Membership Renewal Form and
Change of Information Form (if applicable), complete them in full, date, sign and mail them, along with your $170 membership fee (includes $20 for late fee) and any supporting documents, to the College.
Important note: College by-laws do not permit the late fee to be waived.
12. I have received a Notice of Late Membership Renewal.
If your renewal is more than 3 months late, your Certificate of Registration will be suspended for non-payment of fees. Once your Certificate of Registration is suspended for non-payment of fees, there is an $80 reinstatement fee in addition to the $150 annual membership fee.
Important note: A person whose Certificate of Registration is suspended may not use the title early childhood educator (ECE) or registered early childhood educator (RECE) and, subject to certain exceptions, may not engage in the practice of early childhood education or hold themselves out as able to do so. A notation of suspension will also be posted on the College’s public register.
13. My Certificate of Registration has been suspended for non-payment of fees. What can I do to have the suspension removed?
Individuals can apply for reinstatement with the College but will be required to pay a reinstatement fee in addition to the $150 annual membership fee. Currently the reinstatement fee is $50 for a person who resigned and $80 for a person whose Certificate of Registration was suspended for non-payment of fees.
14. I received a Notice of Late Membership renewal and I already sent my Renewal package. Do I need to re-send my package?
If you mailed your
Membership Renewal Form and payment within the past week, it is likely that the Notice of Late Membership renewal was sent by the College before your Membership Renewal Form and payment were received at the College's office. In this case, you do not need to send another Membership Renewal Form or payment. You will receive an e-mail or letter from the Registration Department within one to two weeks to acknowledge that your Membership Renewal Form and payment have been received. If you do not receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt from the College within two weeks, please
contact the College.
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15. I received a notice regarding an incomplete Membership Renewal Form. What should I do?If you receive a notice regarding an incomplete
Membership Renewal Form, this means the College was unable to process your renewal due to missing information. Typical reasons for a renewal being incomplete include leaving questions blank and/or payment issues.
In order to complete the processing of your renewal, you must submit the information requested to
the College. You may submit the information via fax, e-mail or mail.
Please print your name, registration number and indicate "Incomplete Renewal" on any forms/correspondence you send.
16. I have sent in my Membership Renewal Form and payment but have not yet received my new membership card. When can I expect to receive my new membership card?Processing of renewals takes approximately three to six weeks from the time the College receives your forms. Accordingly, please submit your
Membership Renewal Form (if applicable) and payment
to the College in sufficient time before your annual membership fee is due in order to allow for processing time. A new membership card and receipt are mailed to your preferred mailing address once your renewal is processed. Processing time is 3-6 weeks.
17. I am going on parental leave. Can I postpone my renewal?
Membership cannot be put on hold or postponed. Membership can only be maintained by renewing annually. If you choose not to renew and wish to avoid your Certificate of Registration being suspended, you must submit the
Request for Membership Resignation Form to
the College. If you ignore your Renewal Notice, your Certificate of Registration may be suspended for non-payment of fees.
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18. I am retiring. What are my next steps?
If you plan to retire, you may continue your membership if you choose. If you wish to discontinue your membership, please send written notice of resignation to
the College by filling out the
Request for Membership Resignation Form. Once this is received, your Certificate of Registration will be cancelled and your registration status on the College's
public register will indicate “Cancelled”.
* The College of Early Childhood Educators provides information and communication in an accessible manner when requested. If you require an accessible format and/or communication support, please contact a College staff member or the College at email@example.com.