You may submit your application online through the
Applicants' Area. As part of your application, there are various supporting
documents that you must complete.
This section describes the documents that we require as part of your application
and tells you how to complete and submit them.
You will notice that some of the documents need to be verified. A verified
copy is a photocopy of a document on which a notary public or lawyer states in writing
that it is "a true copy of the original" and signs the copy. Anyone who
holds current, valid certification with the BC Ministry of Education can also verify
your documents. On the photocopy, he or she must include his or her full name, certificate
number and signature.
Application for Teacher's Certificate of Qualification
You must complete all sections of the application. We will only accept the application
if you answer all of the Personal Information questions and if you sign and date
the Declaration of Professional Commitment.
Having a criminal record does not automatically make you ineligible for a certificate.
However, you may be ineligible for a certificate if you make false statements or
if you do not tell us about a criminal record. If necessary, we may ask you to complete
an additional criminal record check so we can review all the details related to
Consent to a Criminal Record Check
Consent to a Criminal Record Check is included in the application and submitted
to us with your application. We will forward your information to the Criminal Records
Review Program of the Ministry of Justice and, in turn, they will return the results
directly to us. Once you become certified, you will need to undergo a criminal record
check every five years.
Criminal record check results are confidential. We cannot accept previous criminal
record checks you have completed, and we cannot provide you with a copy of the results
of this criminal record check.
Recommendation and official transcript from your Faculty of Education
All applicants graduating from a BC teacher education program must be recommended
for a Ministry of Education certificate by their Faculty of Education. The Faculty
of Education must send directly to us its recommendation as well as an official
transcript of all the studies completed at the university. Your Faculty of Education
will tell you what steps to take to ensure these documents are sent to us. In most
cases, the Faculty of Education will automatically forward your recommendation and
transcript once you have completed the program and all of the relevant information
has been processed.
Official transcripts of all other post-secondary studies
We must receive official transcripts from all of the post-secondary institutions
that you have attended. This includes transcripts for:
- all coursework for your degree(s)
- all transferred courses, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
- courses that were required for admission to your teacher education program
- courses for any exchange programs.
Transcripts should list each course you took at that institution, along with:
- the dates of enrolment
- the grades you received
- the credit granted (or number of lecture hours completed) for each course.
If the official transcripts do not include all of this information, we may ask you
to have the post-secondary institution send us an outline or syllabus of the academic
program you completed, including lecture hours and courses completed.
You need to ask each institution to send the official transcript(s) directly to
us. We will not accept a transcript sent by you even if the transcript is sealed
Verification of Journeyperson Experience
If you have a recognized trades qualification and 5 or more years of journeyperson
and/or trades teaching experience in the last 10 years you may be eligible for the
We require verification of your journeyperson and/or trades teaching experience
since obtaining your trades qualification (Red Seal, Certificate of Qualification,
Journeyman Certificate, etc.). Submit a copy of a signed letter on company letterhead
- Your years of employment as a journeyperson/trades teacher and whether you were
full-time or part-time. If you have taught part-time, we need the percentage of
full-time or number of days you were employed each year.
- The nature of your employment, such as trades teacher, journeyperson, etc.
Trades Qualification Verification
You must send a notarized copy of your trades qualification (Red Seal, Certificate
of Qualification, Journeyman Certificate, etc.). You can also ask the awarding institution
(BCITA, Ontario College of Trades, etc.) to send us a letter stating the qualification
and the date they awarded it to you.
Some transcripts from post-secondary institutions outside of Canada do not indicate
the awarding of a degree or qualification. If this is the case with any of your
transcripts, you must send us a verified copy of your degree or diploma. You can
also ask the post-secondary institution to send us a letter stating the qualification
they have awarded you.
Confidential Character Reference for Authorization to Teach in British Columbia
Your application must include two character reference forms. Each form must be completed
by someone other than a family member who has known you for at least two years (called
a referee). You need to complete page 1 of the form. Give the form to your referee
and ask him or her to complete page 2 and then submit the form directly to us. We
do not accept letters of recommendation as a substitute for the Character Reference
We require legal identification for all names appearing on the documents you submit
as part of your application. We will only use your legal name on your certificate.
We will not issue you a certificate that includes names for which official documentation
does not exist.
We require one of the following as a primary identification document:
- Birth certificate: We require a verified copy of your birth certificate.
If you were born in Canada and you do not have a birth certificate, you must obtain
a replacement from the Vital Statistics department in the province where you were
born. Send us a verified copy of the replacement certificate.
- Statutory declaration: If you were born outside of Canada and you do not
have a birth certificate, you must have a notary public or lawyer prepare a statutory
declaration in which you swear to the following:
- your date of birth
- your full name at birth
- your birthplace
- that you do not have a birth certificate.
You must attach a verified copy of your passport, permanent resident/landed immigrant
papers or a Canadian citizenship card to the statutory declaration. Please see the
Sample Statutory Declaration form in the
Application Package for Recent Graduates of a BC Teacher Education Program
We require the following if they apply to you:
- Marriage certificate: If you changed your surname as a result of marriage,
you must include a verified copy of your marriage certificate.
- Divorce certificate: If you are divorced and cannot provide a marriage certificate
as proof of a current or previous surname, you must send us a verified copy of the
- Change of name certificate: If you changed your name for reasons other than
marriage or divorce, you must send us a verified copy of an official change of name
You must include a non-refundable application fee with your application. We will
not evaluate your application or assign you a file number until you have paid the
application fee. Please see Fee Information
to find out the fee you must pay and the payment options.