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, an additional fee of $550.00 will be assessed. This fee is payable using the CE membership application form . An annual maintenance fee of $50, in addition to CES membership fees is required to sustain the designation once awarded.
HOW TO APPLY?
- 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.
- If you have already submitted your application fee, apply for the CE designation on-line through the CES secure member management system.
- You may revisit your own application account as often as necessary to prepare your application.
FAST TRACKED APPLICATIONS FOR THE CE DESIGNATION
This is a one year temporary approach to bringing in evaluators deemed to be at or well beyond the CE level of experience. The rates of application for the Credentialed Evaluator have been lower than expected and success of the professional designations program is linked to two key factors:
- Demand: Those commissioning evaluations see the designation as a quality measure and use it as a factor in the choice of evaluators, both those who are employed in evaluation positions and those engaged in contract assignments.
- Supply: The rate of application accelerates, especially by senior practitioners who work as evaluators in government, non-profit and private sectors.
National Council discussed a number of factors in this decision, including:
- Informal discussion with CES members indicated that the current competency based application is unattractive for senior practitioners and may be constraining application submissions from a significant number of very experienced and long term CES evaluation practitioners.
- A critical mass of CEs is seen to be important. More CEs using the CE designation and notably the Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice as part of their business practice, will spur demand for the credential in both internal and external evaluation practice in Canada.
- Among our CES membership, once experienced, senior evaluators have applied for / acquired the CE, future applications would be from CES members that were envisioned to apply – those with a graduate level education, 2 years of professional experience in evaluation, culminating in a minimum of 70% of the CES competencies.
A decision was reached to invite ‘experienced evaluators’ from our membership to apply for the CE through an expedited application process. Of note, this is a streamlined application process and does not impact the decision process for awarding the CE. Fast track applications will be reviewed by the Credentialing Board, applying the same criteria (graduate level education, 2 years of professional experience in evaluation and 70% of CES competencies) to the decisions on awarding the CE. The fast track is a temporary process available until August of 2012 and application fees remain the same.
A streamlined or fast track process has been used in other professional associations in connection with new designation programs. It is a means to honour our long term members and recognize their extensive experience and expertise in the field of evaluation. However, it also a temporary measure (to August of 2012). The regular CE application process is designed to be a reflective, self-assessment process and we have anecdotal information that those awarded the CE valued it (in spite of time required to complete the application). We are in the early days of this new initiative and believe this fast track process will benefit the program and our long term members.
An evaluation of our Professional Designations Program will be conducted in 2013 and will better inform the overall design of our program, including the application process.
CES members were identified to receive an invitation based on our membership records:
- Been a CES member for 7 years
- Graduate level education
- Declared evaluation as a primary or major part of their work
These criteria are being used as a proxy for ‘experienced evaluator’ and may not fully capture all those who may wish to access this expedited application process. The invitations are not exclusionary and other experienced CES members who want to apply through this method are invited to write to the Vice President of the Professional Designations program to express their interest. If you are already filling in your CE Application in your account and wish to go through this Fast Tracked Application process after reading this letter, please contact the CES Application Administrator.
FAST TRACK APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1: The invited CES member indicates acceptance of the invitation by creating their application account through payment of the application fee.
Step 2: When providing the CE Application Account, the Application Administrator verifies that the applicant is on the List of Invited Experienced Evaluator.
Step 3: Within your account you will be asked to prepare and upload one document which should include:
- a copy of your CV as evidence of fulfilling the educational requirements and professional experience requirements in research, management, and/or provision of consulting services in program evaluations
- demonstration of the mastery of all five core competency domains – Competencies for Canadian Evaluation Practice– for the CE designation by reflecting through one of the following categories:
- Management – Applicants should submit a short summary of one major evaluation they managed, describing project scope, client, range of methods, role played by applicant, methods, scope (cost, time, etc.). This project should have used multiple methods and involved actual data collection, analysis and recommendations. Ideally that evaluation should be publicly available. Please explain how the elements of the evaluation cited are connected to the evaluation competencies and how they demonstrate mastery in all five of the core competency domains.
- Consulting assignments – Applicants should submit a short summary of one major evaluation in which the applicant served as the project director, describing project scope, client, range of methods, role played by applicant. This project should have used multiple methods and involved actual data collection, analysis, recommendations and lessons learned. Ideally that evaluation should be publicly available. Please explain how the elements of the assignment are connected to the competencies and how they demonstrate mastery in all five of the core competency domains.
The engagements must be substantial in the sense of comprising actual evaluations combining several methods and demonstrating multiple lines of evidence..