The Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), part of the Ministry of Education, works within
a legislative mandate to support
the regulatory structure that ensures that educators in the K-12 school systems
in British Columbia meet and maintain the 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. BC's
teacher regulatory structure 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, the TRB provides administrative support to the regulatory
structure of BC's teaching profession: the Director of Certification, the Commissioner
for Teacher Regulation, the BC Teachers' Council and the Disciplinary and Professional
Conduct Board. Learn more about the regulatory structure in the Newsroom.
The TRB is the branch of the Ministry of Education that supports regulatory responsibility
- 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 to support 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.