Application Package Information

Please download and print the Application Package for First Nations Language Teacher’s Certificate of Qualification. The 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. These include:

  • Form A (the application form that you complete)
  • Form B (the application form that your language authority completes)
  • Consent to a Criminal Record Check form
  • two Confidential Character Reference forms

Form A

You must complete all four pages of this application 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 your offence.

Form B

You need to fill in the first part of this form and then give it to your language authority to complete.

Consent to a Criminal Record Check

Please complete the Consent to a Criminal Record Check form and submit it to us with your application form. 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.

Identification documents

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.

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 writes that the document 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.

We require one of the following as a primary identification document:

  • Birth certificate
  • Indian status certificate

We require the following if it applies 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 divorce certificate.
  • 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 certificate.

Confidential Character Reference for Authorization to Teach in British Columbia forms

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 mail the form directly to us. We do not accept letters of recommendation as a substitute for the Character Reference form.

Application fee

You must include a non-refundable application fee of $245 with your application. We will not evaluate your application or assign you a file number until you have paid the application fee.

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