*For information about teacher education programs that do not qualify in BC,
see "Potential Results" at the bottom of this page.
To determine whether or not you qualify
for a BC certificate, we assess three main areas:
your suitability in working with children, your teaching experience, and
your academic qualifications.
You will need to send us several documents as part of your application.
However, transcripts, statements of professional standing, and character reference forms
must be sent directly to us from the institutions and individuals.
You will notice that some documents need to be verified.
A verified copy is a photocopy on which a notary public or lawyer
writes that it is “a true copy of the original” and signs the copy.
Anyone who holds a current, valid BC teaching certificate
can also verify your documents. He or she must include his or her full name,
certificate number, and signature on the photocopy.
1. Application for Teacher's Certificate of Qualification form
Please complete all four pages of the Application for Teacher's Certificate of Qualification
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 Committment 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.
2. Consent to a Criminal Record Check form
You must complete the Consent to a Criminal Record Check form and submit it to us.
We cannot accept any other checks you have
completed or provide you with the results of our check.
We will send your form and $20 fee (included in our application fee) to the Criminal Records Review Agency (CRRA).
The CRRA identifies any criminal record that indicates a risk to children.
3. Statement of Professional Standing
A Statement of Professional Standing is a document 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and that your teaching license has never been revoked, cancelled, or suspended for any disciplinary reasons.
This document usually comes from the government body that oversees teachers.
All Statements of Professional Standing must be mailed directly to us.
A Statement of Professional Standing is required from
the state where you completed your initial teacher education program.
This is required whether or not you have taught there as it confirms that
your program qualified for teaching in the public school system.
Click on the appropriate state for contact information.
Additional Statements of Standing are required from:
all other jurisdictions where you have held or hold a teaching certificate,
whether or not you have ever taught in that jurisdiction
and whether or not the certificate has expired.
all other jurisdictions where you have taught without registering with the government education body.
In this case, you need to ask the employing school to write a brief letter answering the following questions:
(1) What was the basis of your employment, for example, your degree or other teaching certificate?
(2) Were there any concerns about your conduct or competence?
(3) What were the details of your employment, including subjects and levels taught, dates of employment,
and teaching load (full-time, part-time, teacher-on-call)?
The letter must be signed, dated, written on letterhead, and mailed directly to us from the employer.
4. Teaching Certificate
You do not need to submit this document. Your Statement of Standing will supply this information.
5. Secondary School Graduation Diploma
You do not need to submit this document if you completed your secondary schooling in North America.
If you completed your secondary schooling outside North America, please provide a
verified copy of
your final secondary school diploma or a letter from
the secondary school confirming completion of studies.
6. Official Transcripts of All Post-secondary Studies
Official transcripts must be mailed directly to us from
every post-secondary institute you have attended.
We will not accept transcripts submitted by you even if they are sealed or notarized.
We will not accept transcripts by fax or email.
If your transcripts do not include all of the information we need, we may ask for additional details,
such as a syllabus. Your transcripts must show that you successfully completed
your teacher education program. They should also indicate:
- the dates you were enrolled
- the name of each course you completed
- your mark or grade in each course
- the number of credits or lecture hours you completed for each course
If we receive transcripts in languages other than English or French, we will send a copy to you.
You will need to have the documents translated according to
our Translation Policy
and send the original translations to us.
7. 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 on-line. It 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.
8. Degree Verification
If your transcript does not show the qualification that you received,
you will need to submit a verified copy of the degree, diploma, or certificate.
We will also accept a letter from the institution confirming the award of the qualification.
9. Identification Documents
We require a verified copy of your birth certificate as proof of your full
legal name and birth date.
Passports and citizenship documents are not acceptable in lieu of the birth certificate.
We also require documentation for every other name you have used or are using. Please provide
a verified copy of your marriage certificate,
divorce certificate, or change of name certificate if any of these apply to you.
For more information, see Acceptable Proof of Identity.
10. Assessment Form
Please ask the principal, vice principal, or supervisor of your most recent teaching experience
to complete the Assessment Form. She or he can print the form from our website and send it to us
by mail or fax (604.731.9142). Assessments arriving
by fax must have the school stamp or seal on the last page.
If you only have student teaching experience,
please send us a copy of all of your final practicum reports instead of the Assessment Form.
If you have not taught in the last 10 years, please send us a copy of your last teaching report.
If you are unable to provide us with an assessment, please provide a written explanation.
We will review the information and, if possible, inform you of an acceptable alternative.
11. Two Confidential Character Reference Forms
You will need to complete page 1 of each
Confidential Character Reference Form.
You will need to ask two referees to complete page 2.
We do not accept letters of reference as a substitute for the character reference forms.
A referee must not be your relative, partner, or spouse (or equivalent)
and must have known you for at least two years.
Your referees do not need to be in BC, and they do not need to have seen you teach.
Your referees must submit the forms directly to our office by mail, fax, or scanned email.
12. Verification of Employment
We require verification of your teaching experience for each year of the last ten years.
If you have not taught within the last ten years,
we need verification for the last twenty years.
If there has been a period of time in which you did not work,
please provide a brief outline of your activities during this time.
The verification must indicate when you were employed, what you taught, and
whether you worked full-time, part-time, and/or as a teacher-on-call.
For part-time and teacher-on-call experience, we require the
percentage of full-time or number of days you taught each year.
You can provide us with verification of your teaching experience in one of the following ways:
ask your employer(s) to send us a letter that clearly states the necessary information
ask your employer(s) to complete our Verification of Employment Form
send us copies of letters that you already have
If you only have student teaching experience, please ask your university
to send us a letter stating the number of days of student teaching you completed.
12. Language Proficiency
You do not need to take a language proficiency test if you have completed all
of your post-secondary education in the United States or in other countries where English or French is the only official language.
For more information, see
Acceptable Tests of Language Proficiency.
14. Application Fee
Please submit the non-refundable Application Fee of $395 with your application form.
This amount includes the criminal record check fee.
Please see Fee
Information for more details.
Degree names vary by country. However, it is expected that applicants will have the
equivalence of an undergraduate degree and teacher education
program, totaling at least four years of full-time post-secondary study.
Our Policy Regarding Your Documents and Fees
All documents we receive for your application become property
of the Teacher Regulation Branch. We will not return any documents to you, and we will not send any of your documents
to other individuals or organizations.
Some documents expire after a certain amount of time.
We may ask for updated documents
(such as a new application form and more recent employment records)
if your file becomes inactive for longer than one year.
The outcome of your application will be one of the following:
Eligible for a Professional Certificate
The Professional Certificate signifies that you meet all of BC's standards for certification.
It does not have an expiry date
and does not require you to complete any additional coursework.
Eligible for a Basic Certificate
You may qualify for a Basic Certificate if you do not meet all of BC's coursework requirements for certification,
but you have a current, valid, unrestricted teaching certificate in another Canadian province or territory.
The Basic Certificate does not have an expiry date and does not require you to
complete additional coursework.
Eligible for a Conditional Certificate
You may qualify for a Conditional Certificate if you are close
to meeting BC's requirements for certification, and you
do not have another valid Canadian teaching certificate.
The Conditional Certificate is valid for up to 5 years and
requires you to complete coursework before the certificate expires.
Ineligible for certification
You do not qualify for a BC teaching certificate, but we will explain what you need to do to qualify.
Teacher Education Programs Not Recognized for Certification
Teacher training varies greatly from country to country, and we do not recognize all programs for
certification in BC. Some examples of programs that do not result in BC certification are:
- very short programs
- on-the-job or employment-based programs
- programs completed entirely by distance education or on-line
- programs that do not qualify for teaching in
the kindergarten to grade 12 public school system
If you have completed an emergency or alternative credentialing process that does not include
any university coursework, or if you received your teaching credential entirely on the basis
of Praxis exams, you will not qualify for certification in BC.
If you have completed a teacher education program that we do not recognize, you will
not qualify for a certificate. Once we have completed the evaluation, we will
send you a letter explaining what you need to do to qualify.
You will also be entitled to an appeal if you
have more information to present that we could not consider in the initial evaluation.