Retiring or Relinquishing your Certificate
To maintain your BC teaching certificate, your annual practice fee must be paid.
You may no longer require a BC teaching certificate. If you are choosing to teach
outside of BC or pursuing another career where you no longer need your certificate,
you may still wish to continue maintaining your BC certificate by paying the annual
If you are retiring, but may be employed as a teacher-on-call or are using your
BC certification to accept employment in BC, you must maintain your certificate
by paying the annual fee. If you are employed by a school district or independent
school, you will be payroll deducted by your employer.
If you decide that you no longer want to be certified by the Teacher Regulation
Branch, and you are not teaching and do not plan to return to teaching, you have
- Do not pay your annual fee. Your certificate will be cancelled for non-payment of
- Complete and submit the
Notice of Relinquishment form. If you have paid your annual fee for the upcoming
school year, you will receive a refund if the Teacher Regulation Branch receives
your completed Notice of Relinquishment form on or before June 30 of the current
year. If your annual fee was payroll-deducted by your employer, please refer to
Refund for Payroll-Deducted Annual Practice Fee below.
In both of the above cases, if you wish to return to teaching, you will need to
reapply. You will be subject to the requirements in place at the time of your reapplication.
Refund for Payroll-Deducted Annual Practice Fee
If you are a certificate holder whose annual fee has been payroll deducted by your
employer and you are retiring (or you do not intend to teach or hold a position
that requires a BC teaching credential), you may be eligible for a refund.
To qualify for a refund of the annual fee, you (the certificate holder):
- must have been payroll deducted by your employer in the spring before the upcoming
school year for which you are requesting the refund,
- must request a refund in writing and indicate your intention not to teach in BC
during the upcoming school year (or hold a position that requires a BC teaching
certificate) and ensure that the Director of Certification at the Teacher Regulation
Branch receives your request on or before June 30, and
- must complete a
Notice of Relinquishment form and submit it with the written request.
The Teacher Regulation Branch:
- will not consider or process any refund requests or relinquishment forms received
after June 30, and
- will process refunds and return them to the school district or authority where they
were remitted from and not to the individual who has requested the refund. Each
employer will need to process the refund to the former employee and adjust the individual's
Please note that if an individual who relinquishes his/her certificate wants to
return to teaching in BC, he/she would need to apply for a new certificate and meet
all application requirements that are in place at that time. The Teacher Regulation
Branch cautions that the evaluation of the application does not guarantee that the
individual will qualify for a new BC teaching certificate and additional documents
may be required to complete the evaluation.