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