The Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation is the marker of a committed evaluation professional who has demonstrated the wide range of knowledge and skills essential to high-quality and competent evaluation practice. Ontario has over 70 Credential Evaluators, as well as a mentorship program for aspiring CEs. For information about the mentorship program, please contact

The Credential Evaluator designation is administrated by CES National. Please see their website for more information.

CE Designation Requirements

  • Membership: You must be a CES member in good standing.
  • Education: You must hold a graduate level degree (Master’s or PhD) from an accredited Canadian institution or a recognized non-Canadian university, or an undergraduate degree along with a graduate certificate/diploma in Program Evaluation from a recognized university. If neither of these two conditions are met, you may be eligible to establish your educational equivalence in a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) pathway.
  • Work experience: You must have at least two years (full-time equivalent) of evaluation-related work experience within the last 10 years.
  • Competency: You must have education and/or experience related to 70% of the competencies in EACH of the five domains of Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice, your work must meet the Program Evaluation Standards, and you must follow the CES Guidance for Ethical Evaluation Practice.
  • Maintenance: Once you receive the CE designation, you must maintain your CES membership, pay the annual CE renewal fee and report 40 hours of professional learning every three years to maintain it.

The process of obtaining the designation is rigorous, demanding and introspective. Credentialed Evaluators have accepted the challenge because they are committed to professionalism as evaluators and they care that the evaluation community is similarly committed.