Applying for a First Nations Language Teaching Certificate
If you speak a First Nations language proficiently, you may be able to apply for
a First Nations Language Teacher’s Certificate and teach your language and culture
within BC’s schools.
To apply, your language authority must determine that you are proficient and recommend
you to us for a certificate. See the
Application Package for First Nations Language Teacher’s Certificate of Qualification
for a list of recognized language authorities in BC.
If your First Nations language is not included on the list, you cannot apply for
a First Nations Language Teaching Certificate. For information about how language
authorities are established, see
Information on Establishing a First Nations Language Authority.
How to apply for a First Nations Language Teacher’s Certificate
- Complete the forms in the
Application Package, and mail them to us along with a non-refundable application
fee of $245. Each of these documents is described in full in the
application package information section.
- Ask two character references to complete and send us the Confidential Character
Reference forms. If these forms arrive at the Teacher Regulation Branch before your
application, we will keep them and add them to your file when we receive your application.
- Once we receive your application form and fee, we will create a file for you and
place it in a queue based on the date we received it. If you have included your
email address on the application form, we will email you within five to seven business
days to confirm that we have received your application and tell you your file number.
- 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 a letter listing any
documents we are missing.
- If you are eligible for a First Nations Language Teacher’s Certificate, we will
issue your certificate and mail it to you.
- 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 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.