About Us

The Teacher Regulation Branch (TRB), part of the Ministry of Education, works within a legislative mandate to support the regulatory structure that ensures that educators in the K-12 school systems in British Columbia meet and maintain the standards of competence and conduct required to keep students safe and foster public trust and confidence in the teaching profession.

No other occupation spends as much time with their clients as do educators. Parents entrust their children to the care of educators for seven hours a day, five days a week, forty weeks a year, for thirteen years. This intense interaction has an immense impact on children's intellectual, emotional and physical development. BC's teacher regulatory structure works to ensure that certificate holders are well-educated and prepared for their important work with children and the responsibility they share with parents to raise strong, healthy and informed citizens.

As the operational arm, the TRB provides administrative support to the regulatory structure of BC's teaching profession: the Director of Certification, the Commissioner for Teacher Regulation, the BC Teachers' Council and the Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board. Learn more about the regulatory structure in the Newsroom.

The TRB is the branch of the Ministry of Education that supports regulatory responsibility for:

  • assessing applicants for certification
  • evaluating teacher education programs
  • issuing teaching certificates, and
  • enforcing standards for certificate holders.

Certificate holders include classroom teachers, vice-principals, principals, directors and superintendents in the public and independent school systems in BC.

The TRB was created to support the implementation of the Teachers Act. Responsibilities of the TRB were formerly held by the BC College of Teachers, which existed from January 1, 1988 to January 9, 2012.