Teacher Certification

Last updated on April 1, 2022

Date came into force or revised

Effective January 9, 2012



Policy statement

All educators in British Columbia, including teachers, principals, vice-principals, superintendents, and other educators must have a Ministry of Education and Child Care teaching certificate to qualify for work in B.C.’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 education sector.

Rationale or purpose of policy

Educators are certified in British Columbia only when they have the necessary academic qualifications, teaching experience and personal characteristics required to work with children. Interaction between educators and students has a great impact on children's intellectual, emotional and physical development. Educators in the K-12 public and independent school systems in B.C. must be well-educated and prepared for the responsibility they share with parents to raise strong, healthy and informed citizens.


Policy in full

Procedures related to policy

The following are links to documents or web pages that set out required procedures for teacher certification: