The Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), part of the Ministry of Education, works within a legislative mandate to ensure that educators in the K-12 school systems in BC meet and maintain the high standards of competence and conduct required to keep students safe and foster public trust and confidence in the teaching profession.
No other occupation spends as much time with their clients as do educators. Parents entrust their children to the care of educators for seven hours a day, five days a week, forty weeks a year, for thirteen years. This intense interaction has an immense impact on children's intellectual, emotional and physical development. The TRB works to ensure that certificate holders are well-educated and prepared for their important work with children and the responsibility they share with parents to raise strong, healthy and informed citizens.
As the operational arm of the regulatory structure, the TRB provides administrative support to the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, the BC Teachers' Council and the Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board.
The TRB is the branch of the Ministry of Education responsible for:
- assessing applicants for certification
- evaluating teacher education programs
- issuing teaching certificates, and
- enforcing standards for certificate holders.
Certificate holders include classroom teachers, vice-principals, principals, directors and superintendents in the public and independent school systems in BC.
The TRB was created as part of the implementation of the Teachers Act. Responsibilities of the TRB were formerly held by the BC College of Teachers, which existed from January 1, 1988 to January 9, 2012.