Successful applicants will demonstrate:

Qualification 1: evidence of graduate level degree or certificate

  • You must hold a graduate level degree (Master’s or PhD) from an accredited Canadian institution, according to the  Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada; or from a recognized non-Canadian university on the list of the top 500 recognized world universities/institutes as found on this list, this list or this list; or an undergraduate degree along with a graduate certificate/diploma from a recognized university. This graduate certificate must be in Program Evaluation.In general, certifications from other professional bodies are not considered to be equivalent to a graduate certificate/diploma from a recognized university in Program Evaluation.

    If the conditions above cannot be met, the applicant may be eligible to establish his or her educational equivalence through the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) pathway.

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: You must have at least two years (full-time equivalent) of evaluation-related work experience within the last 10 years. Statements of work experience are to be supplemented with letter(s) of reference using the reference/sponsor form. Note that in general, practicum or internship experience acquired during an educational program is NOT considered eligible work experience, as it is a designated component of the educational requirement.


Qualification 3: 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.

Draw selectively from your education and/or experience and align this to 70% of the competencies in each of five competency domains. You align experience and education to competencies in the five domains through a brief narrative in the application form, with a maximum of 150 words permitted for each competency.

You do not have to have both education and experience related to each competency. Rather, you should provide evidence that, collectively and in combination, you have the required competency. Note that education can include both formal education and professional development activities.

In addition, your work must meet the Program Evaluation Standards. Developed by the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, these 30 standards constitute one of the core elements of what defines a competent evaluator.

Finally, you must follow the CES Guidance for Ethical Evaluation Practice. This Guidance is founded on core professional values that underpin the Competencies and Standards.


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.