Who we are
The Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), part of the Ministry of Education, was created as part of the implementation of the Teachers Act, which came into force on January 9, 2012. The TRB works 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.
As the operational arm of the regulatory structure, the Branch provides administrative support to the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, the BC Teachers’ Council and the Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board.
We are 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.
There are currently approximately 69,000 certified educators in BC. Certificate holders include classroom teachers, vice-principals, principals, directors and superintendents in the public and independent school systems in BC.
For media inquiries regarding matters within the TRB's mandate,
please contact the TRB communications office at 604 714-3302.
The TRB does not operate an after-hours service.