Application Package Information
Download and print the
Application Package for an Independent School Teaching Certificate. 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. We will also
accept photocopies that have been verified by any person who has current, valid
certification with the BC Ministry of Education. On the photocopy, he/she must write
his/her full name, certificate number and signature.
Application for an Independent School Teaching Certificate
Please complete all four pages of this form and submit it to us. You must answer
all of the questions on the form, and you must sign and date the Declaration of
Professional Commitment on page 4. If you have a criminal record, this does not
automatically make you ineligible for a certificate. However, you may not qualify
if you make false statements or do not tell us about a criminal record.
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.
Statement(s) of Professional Standing
A Statement of Professional Standing is a letter that states you are a teacher in
good standing and that your teaching license has never been revoked, cancelled or
suspended for any disciplinary reasons. Statement(s) of Professional Standing must
be mailed directly to the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch from all
certification bodies where you hold or have held a teaching certificate. This is
required even if you have never taught in the jurisdiction and even if the certificate
If you have taught in a jurisdiction where you do not hold a teaching certificate,
you need to ask the employer to send us a brief letter stating whether or not there
were any concerns about your conduct or competence. It must be signed, dated, written
on letterhead, and sent directly to us from the employer by mail, fax, or as a scanned
If you are currently teaching or have previously taught in a K-12 school, please
ask the most recent employer to write a teaching report on your behalf. The report
must state the name and address of the employer and indicate the start and end dates
of your employment. The content of the report should be comprehensive and address
your overall competency as an educator. The areas generally described in a teaching
report include planning, organization, lesson delivery, classroom management, assessment,
interaction with parents, etc.
Secondary school graduation diploma
If you are applying for an SSR certificate, a verified copy of your secondary school
graduation diploma is required. If you are applying for an SR or SYR certificate,
a verified copy of the diploma is required only if you completed secondary school
outside North America. If your diploma is not available, we will accept a letter
from the secondary school stating when you completed your studies. O-level and A-level
certificates meet this requirement.
Official transcripts of all post-secondary studies
Please ask each of the post-secondary institutions you have attended to mail an
official transcript directly to us. We do not accept transcripts by fax or email.
We do not accept transcripts sent by applicants even if the transcripts are sealed
It is important that we receive a transcript for every college and university you
have attended. We do not accept reports completed by ICES in lieu of transcripts.
Each course is relevant to our evaluation and we will recognize only courses for
which we have an official transcript. Transcripts should show:
- the dates you were enrolled,
- the name of each course you took at that institution,
- the grades you received, and
- the number of credits granted or lecture hours completed for each course.
If the transcripts do not include all of the information we require, we may ask
for additional details, such as an outline or program syllabus. If transcripts arrive
in languages other than English or French, we will send a copy to you for translation.
Distance teacher education program details
If you completed any part of your teacher education program by distance or online
education, please ask your Faculty of Education to send details about your program
directly to us. The details must state what courses you completed face-to-face and
what courses you completed by distance or online. They must also provide the number
of lecture hours you attended for each on-campus course and indicate how many days
of practicum you completed in a classroom. This information is required only for
the studies you completed within your teacher education program. We do not require
this information for academic courses you took outside the Faculty of Education.
Most transcripts show the degree or qualification you completed. If your transcripts
do not provide this information, please send us a verified copy of your degree or
qualification. You can also ask the post-secondary institution to send us a letter
confirming the qualification awarded.
Confidential Character Reference for Authorization to Teach in British Columbia
Please complete page 1 of each reference form. You will need to ask two referees
who have known you for at least two years to complete page 2 and submit the forms
directly to us. Your referees do not need to have observed you in any teaching capacity.
However, we will not accept forms completed by referees that are too closely related
to you, such as relatives, partners, spouses or equivalents. We will not accept
letters of references as a substitute for the reference forms.
We require a verified copy of your birth certificate, as well as proof of any other
names appearing on your documents (verified copy of your marriage certificate, divorce
certificate or change of name certificate). If you do not have your birth certificate
and you were born:
- in Canada, you need to obtain a replacement from the Vital Statistics department
in the province or territory where you were born.
- outside of Canada, you must have a notary public or lawyer prepare a statutory
declaration in which you swear to your date of birth, your full name at birth, your
birthplace and the fact that you do not have a birth certificate. You must attach
a verified copy of your passport, permanent resident papers or a Canadian citizenship
card to the statutory declaration.
Please see the Sample Statutory Declaration form in the
Application Package for an Independent School Teaching Certificate.
Language proficiency results
BC's languages of instruction are English and, in French immersion schools, French.
To teach in BC, you need to be able to read, write and speak English or French at
an advanced level. Applicants whose first language is not English or French and
have completed any part of their education in countries where English or French
is not the only official language must meet our language proficiency requirements.
We need language proficiency results before we can evaluate your application or
tell you of any coursework you may need to complete. It is highly recommended that
applicants meet the language proficiency requirements before submitting an application
to the Teacher Regulation Branch. Applicants who do not meet our minimum language
proficiency requirements will not be issued any certificate until this requirement
has been met.
Additional Items required for School and Subject Restricted (SSR) Applications
Please note that the following items are required for SSR applications:
- A completed School Authority Form (found in the Application Package)
- Verified copy of your secondary school graduation diploma
- Verified copies of post-secondary certificates earned in your area of expertise
- Four letters of recommendation
Please see the
Application Package for an Independent School Teaching Certificate for a
full description of these items.
You must include a non-refundable application fee with your application. We will
not open a file for you or review any of your documents until you have paid the
application fee. Please see Fee Information
to find out the fee you must pay and the payment options.