Overview of the Application Process for Graduates of a BC Teacher Education Program

The information in this section applies to you if you are completing or have recently completed a teacher education program at a BC university.

Note: The Teacher Regulation Branch is moving to only accepting applications for teacher certification through the secure Applicants' Area of our website. This change will benefit you as an applicant because you will be able to receive updates about the status of your application and monitor its progress online. The online application process improves the security of your information and the service we are able to provide you.

How to apply for a Ministry of Education certificate through the Teacher Regulation Branch

  1. Create an account in the Applicants' Area. You will then receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.
  2. Follow the instructions on how to activate your account, and then log into the Applicants' Area
  3. After you have entered the Applicants' Area, download the Certificate of Qualification (COQ) application form provided in the menu.
  4. Complete the COQ application form. Make sure to list all your academic credentials and all post-secondary institutions you have attended in the Academic Qualifications section. This will avoid delays later in the process. Be sure to consent to a criminal record check.
  5. Upload your completed COQ application form in the area provided in the Applicants' Area. If any information is missing, you will be prompted to complete or correct the information on the form. When the form is complete, you can submit your application and pay the application fee through the Applicants' Area.
  6. Review the Application Documents that will need to be provided as part of your application. Ask the applicable institutions and individuals to complete and send the relevant documents directly to us. For example, all your post-secondary institutions must send us your official university transcripts, and your character references must send us the Confidential Character Reference Forms. If these documents arrive at the Teacher Regulation Branch before your application, we will keep them and add them to your file when we receive your application.
  7. Wait for an email from us, which will arrive within five to seven business days after we receive your application. We will create a file for you and place it in a queue based on the date we received it. The email confirms that we have received your application and will give you a file number.
  8. Note that documents will arrive for your file at different times from different sources. We will add each document to your file as it arrives (as long as it is properly identified with your full name).
  9. Please be patient as we review all files according to the date we receive them. Once an evaluator has reviewed your file, we will send you an email indicating any missing documents. At this point, you will be able to track in the Applicants' Area which documents are outstanding.

Teacher Qualification Service (TQS)

You also need to apply to the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) for your TQS category. Public school boards use this category as one element in determining your salary level. When we send you your Ministry of Education teaching certificate, we will also send a copy of your certificate to the TQS as they will need this as part of your application to them. Please see the TQS website for more information.

How long will the application process take?

After you complete your program, your university will send us their recommendation that you receive a Ministry of Education teaching certificate. Some universities will send complete transcripts with their recommendation.

You can help speed up the process by sending all required documents to us before your Faculty of Education sends us your transcript and recommendation. If we have all your required documents, we will evaluate your application as soon as one week after we receive the transcript and recommendation. However, if your file is incomplete, we will not be able to evaluate your application until we receive all of the outstanding documents. This could significantly delay your application.

How to find out the status of your application

Once your file has been evaluated, we will send you an email with further information. You can then enter the Applicants' Area to track your status and check which documents are outstanding.

University information session

Near the end of your teacher education program, your Faculty of Education will invite an evaluator from the Teacher Regulation Branch to speak to the graduating education students about how to apply for a Ministry of Education teaching certificate. It is important that you attend this information session.

What are the possible outcomes of our evaluation?

Your application may result in qualifying you for a Professional, Basic, Trades or Conditional Certificate of Qualification. These are not restricted to any subject area or grade level, and they are valid for BC's kindergarten to Grade 12 education system. If you are eligible for a certificate, we will email you and direct you to the Applicants' Area to pay the annual practice fee.

Alternatively, you may be ineligible for certification. This means that you currently do not qualify for a Certificate of Qualification. Our evaluation letter will tell you the specific requirements you must meet to qualify for a certificate.

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA) and the Teachers Act

The information we collect as part of the application is in compliance with FOIPPA. The Teachers Act authorizes our collection of the personal information we request. Please contact our office if you have questions about the information we request.

Videos about the Certificate Application Process

The following videos have been prepared to help guide new BC graduates through the application process.