Showcasing Expertise

As an evaluator, the results of your work can have a big impact on decision-making, improvements, innovation and accountability within organizations and communities. They can support the achievement of organizations’ goals by focusing on transparency, effectiveness and efficiency.

How do you show that you have the skillset to do the job properly? How do you show your commitment to excellence in evaluation?

Available exclusively through CES, the Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation validates your knowledge and experience, your dedication to high-quality and competent evaluation, and your commitment to continuous learning. It enhances your confidence and cements your reputation. It also supports our collective goal of increasing the recognition of evaluation as a profession. 

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: 
    • Before September 1, 2024: You must have at least two years (full-time equivalent) of evaluation-related work experience within the last 10 years. 
    • On or after September 1, 2024: You must have at least three years (full-time equivalent) of evaluation-related work experience within the last 10 years.
  • Competency:
  • 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. 

If you would like to demonstrate you are one of the best, start the designation process now. 

If you would like to help determining if you are ready, use this Self-Assessment Checklist.

Why become a Credentialed Evaluator?