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 this form and submit it to us with your Application for an Independent
School Teaching Certificate form. 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 our criminal record check.
Under the Criminal Records Review Act, we must obtain an original signed form and a $20
fee from each applicant. This $20 charge is included in our application fee. We forward
your information and fee to the Criminal Records Review Agency (CRRA), which identifies
any criminal record that indicates a risk to children.
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standing and that your teaching license has never been revoked, cancelled or suspended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 has expired.
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 email attachment.
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 or notarized.
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.