Why should you do it?

The CE designation is a proof of education and experience necessary to competence. During the development of the Professional Designation Program, CES has adopted a list of 36 fundamental competencies that reflect the background, knowledge, skills, and dispositions program evaluators need to achieve standards that constitute sound evaluations. These competencies are grouped into five domains: reflective practice, technical practice, situational practice, management practice, and interpersonal practice. CES has developed an accompanying document of "descriptors" which provides additional detail on what each competency includes and means. A Credentialed Evaluator has proven, based on experience and/or education that they have mastery of at least 70% of the competencies in each of the five domains. A basic tenet of the CES Credentialed Evaluation designation is that both education and experience are necessary to reach minimum competence as an evaluator.

The CE designation is a demonstration of commitment to the profession. The process of obtaining the Credentialed Evaluator designation is rigorous, demanding, and introspective. Credentialed Evaluators have accepted that challenge because they are committed to demonstrating their professionalism as evaluators and care that the evaluation community is similarly committed. By publicly displaying their CE designation, they manifest that they self-define as professionals engaged in ethical, disciplined, balanced, and open evaluation practice.

The CE designation is associated with success stories. Being voluntary in nature, the success of the CE designation program resides in its credibility and the extent to which the community as a whole embraces it (both providers and users of evaluation services). Since the CES has launched the program, an increasing number of organisations seeking the services of evaluators are using the CE designation as a valid tool to guide and inform their choice. Along the same lines, evaluators are using their CE designation to attest of their commitment to the principles of sound evaluation practice. By engaging in the CE designation program, both evaluators and users of evaluation are creating the appropriate environment for the program to mature and deliver on its fundamental goal of strengthening the evaluation function in Canada.

The CE designation is a competitive advantage. By offering a rigorous process to obtain the CE designation and, just as importantly, by requiring CE holders to engage in ongoing professional development activities, the CE provides a significant competitive advantage that benefits both the providers and users of evaluation services. Only CE can provide a formal third-party assessment of the suitability of their education and experience as it relates to evaluation, and of their ongoing engagement in meaningful professional development activities. While others may well offer the same qualities, only CE can provide the assurance that their profile has been assessed by a panel consisting of among the most experienced evaluators in Canada.

CE application process - click for moreThe CES competencies and CE application process is a framework for professional development. By providing a sound framework supporting the evaluation practice in Canada (including a code of ethicstandards and competencies), the CE designation offers on-going guidance to evaluators as they strengthen their experience and expertise. The process of obtaining the CE designation and its associated requirement for ongoing professional development allow each CE to better assess his or her current strengths and identify priority areas for further development. More than a one-time assessment of one's evaluation profile, the CE designation represents an ongoing process that collectively guide the evaluation practice in Canada, while allowing a variety of evaluation models to evolve in response to specific needs and realities of program stakeholders.

Which qualifications are required?

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

Qualification 1: evidence of one of the following:

Graduate level degree (Master’s or PhD) from:


  • 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 neither of the above two conditions are met, the applicant may be eligible to establish his or her educational equivalence in a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) pathway. 

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 (PDF version). 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: 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.

How does it work?

CE Applications are submitted on-line. Applications may be submitted in either official language. Once your application fee has been processed, the CE Application Administrator will contact you with your Login ID and temporary password. These are needed to access the CE application site.

Applicants may take up to 36 months to complete their application but are encouraged to complete and submit their application in a shorter timeframe.

Once your application is complete, your file is forwarded to the CES Credentialing Board for review and decision. Decisions are made based on the qualifications provided. Applicants are notified if the application is incomplete or if they require additional education or experience. Advice on how to meet qualifications will be provided as part of any deferred application.

Please refer to the CE applicant guide for additional information. For questions or information, please contact the CE Applications Administrator.

How much does it cost? The application fee is $485 and is a non refundable expense for processing the application within a 3 year timeframe (renewable upon repayment) and making the decision. For those applicants providing additional evidence of qualifications under PLAR, a small additional fee will be charged. This fee is payable using the CES membership application form. An annual maintenance fee of $50, in addition to CES membership fees is required to sustain the designation once awarded.