Leaving BC to Teach in Another Province or Country
If you are planning to move to another province or country to teach, you should:
- apply for a certificate from the Teacher Regulation Branch of the BC Ministry of Education
- apply for a certificate from the teacher certification authority in the new jurisdiction.
To avoid delay, complete and submit the
Statement of Professional Standing request form when you apply to us for
your certificate. We will issue your BC Statement of Professional Standing at the
same time that we issue your teaching certificate.
If you are planning to teach outside of Canada, the education authority in your
new jurisdiction may or may not require you to submit your BC teaching certificate
or BC Statement of Professional Standing. However, we recommend that you apply for
your BC certificate once you have completed your teacher education program. If you
wait to apply, the process will take longer and you will need to submit additional
documentation. Also, if regulations change, there is the possibility that you may
no longer qualify for a BC certificate.
The importance of maintaining your BC certificate
Once you qualify for a BC certificate, keep your certificate valid by paying the
annual practice fee even if you are not teaching in BC. If you do not pay your
annual practice fee, we will cancel your certificate. You will then have to apply
for a new certificate if you wish to teach in BC in the future. We will complete an
evaluation based on the regulations in place at that time and you may not qualify.