Upgrading a Certificate

Please note that if you hold an interim certificate, it is important that you qualify for a non-expiring certificate before your current certificate expires. If your certificate expires, you will no longer be authorized to teach in BC and you will not be able to request an upgrade. You will need to reapply for certification.

Upgrading from an Interim or Conditional Certificate of Qualification to a Non-Expiring Professional Certificate of Qualification

You must complete the coursework outlined in your evaluation letter to upgrade to a non-expiring Professional Certificate before your Interim or Conditional Certiifcate expires. Once you complete the required coursework:

  1. email, fax or mail us a written request for a Professional Certificate and
  2. ask the post-secondary institution where you completed the courses to mail us your transcript.

Upgrading from an Interim or Conditional Certificate of Qualification to a Non-expiring Basic Certificate of Qualification

As of October 2009, under the Agreement on Internal Trade, you may qualify for an upgrade from your Interim or Conditional Certificate of Qualification to a non-expiring Basic Certificate of Qualification if you hold current, valid certification in another Canadian province or territory.

The Basic Certificate indicates you do not meet BC’s academic requirements for a Professional Certificate, but you have met the certification requirements of another Canadian jurisdiction. With a Basic Certificate, you will not be required to complete the coursework we originally asked you to do. However, you will still have the option of upgrading to a Professional Certificate if you do choose to complete the coursework.

You may qualify for a Basic Certificate only if you have a certificate in another Canadian jurisdiction that is current, unrestricted, and valid for teaching in the public school system; a certificate that is suspended, cancelled, expired, restricted, or invalid for any reason is not acceptable. You may be able to reinstate a certificate that has been suspended, but you would need to contact that jurisdiction to ask about this.

To request this upgrade:

  1. email, fax or mail us a written request for a Basic Certificate and
  2. ask the education authority in the other jurisdiction to mail* a statement of professional standing to us. If you are certified in several jurisdictions, we will need a statement of standing from at least one province or territory where you hold a valid teaching certificate.

* If you hold a teaching certificate from Ontario (Canada), we will obtain the information we require regarding your certificate directly from the website of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Upgrading from a Basic Certificate of Qualification to Professional Certificate of Qualification

Upgrading a Basic Certificate to a Professional Certificate is entirely optional. Both are non-expiring certificates valid for employment in the BC K-12 public and independent school systems. This upgrade is a change in certificate name only and does not impact your Teacher Qualification Service salary category.

The difference between these two certificates is that the Basic Certificate indicates you do not meet all of BC’s academic requirements, but you have met the certification requirements of another Canadian jurisdiction. The Professional Certificate indicates that you meet all of the certification requirements specific to BC.

To request this upgrade:

  1. email, fax or mail us a written request for a Professional Certificate and
  2. ask the post-secondary institution where you completed the courses to mail us your transcript.

Upgrading from a Non-Expiring Standard Certificate of Qualification to a Non-expiring Professional Certificate of Qualification

Upgrading a Standard Certificate to a Professional Certificate is entirely optional. Both are valid for employment in the BC K-12 public and independent school systems. You may qualify for this upgrade if you have completed at least four years of university study (a minimum of 120 credits) and received a degree.

To request this upgrade:

  1. email, fax or mail us a written request for a Professional Certificate and
  2. ask the post-secondary institution where you completed the degree to mail us your transcript.

Upgrading from an Interim Independent School Teaching Certificate to a Non-expiring Independent School Teaching Certificate

To upgrade an interim Subject Restricted or School and Subject Restricted Independent School Teaching Certificate to a non-expiring certificate, you must complete 1.5 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) teaching experience in an acceptable BC independent school. This teaching experience must occur in BC while holding a valid interim Independent School Teaching Certificate. Teacher-on-call (substitute teaching) experience is not accepted.

To request this upgrade, please email, fax or mail us the following two items:

  1. verification of your teaching experience and
  2. a teaching report from the principal or vice-principal who supervised this experience. The supervisor must also hold a valid Ministry of Education certificate. The report should be comprehensive and address your overall competency as an educator.

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