Application Package Information
You may submit your application online through the Applicants Area. Alternatively,
you may download and print the
Application Package for Recent Graduates of a BC Teacher Education Program.
This package includes several forms that you must complete as part of your application.
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 four pages of this form and mail it to the Teacher Regulation Branch. We will only accept
this form 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
Please complete the Consent to a Criminal Record Check form and mail it to us with
your Application for Teacher's Certificate of Qualification.
Under the Criminal Records Review Act, we are required to obtain an original
signed form and a $20 fee from each person who applies for certification. We include
this $20 charge in our application fee.
We keep your original completed form and send a copy of it along with the $20 fee
to the Criminal Records Review Agency (CRRA). The CRRA is responsible for processing
the criminal record check forms and identifying any criminal record that indicates
that the applicant is a risk to children.
Criminal record checks are confidential. We cannot accept previous criminal record
checks you have completed, and we cannot provide you with a copy of the results
of our 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
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
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
- 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.