Government of B.C.

Before you start

Your annual practice fee must be paid by May 31 every year to maintain a valid B.C. teaching certificate. The annual fee is $80. There are no discounts or prorated fee options.

You need to pay the fee to keep your certificate in good standing – even if you are:

  • Retiring but may be employed as a teacher-on-call
  • Using your B.C. certification to accept employment in B.C.
  • Unsure whether you will be employed as a teacher
  • On leave from your position and have not arranged for your employer to remit the fee

If you are receiving full LTD benefits from the BCTF Salary Indemnity Plan as of March 30, the Plan will pay the fee and recover it from your July benefit. The BCTF will make payment on your behalf during the last part of May. If you are approved on LTD after March 30, you will need to pay the fee yourself. Contact the BCTF Income Security Division for more information. 


Payment options

Deducted from your payroll

  • If you work for a school district or independent school on April 30, your employer will automatically deduct the annual fee from your payroll in the spring each year
  • If you work for more than one school board or authority, you will need to elect one employer to deduct the annual fee
  • If you are on leave, intermittently employed or teaching on call, check with your employer about paying the fee. It may not be possible to deduct it from your payroll – you might need to pay your own annual fee

Pay online

You can pay online by logging into Your Account. To pay, you can use Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Visa Debit or Debit Mastercard. You can also use pre-paid Visa or Mastercard. 

Cheque, money order or bank draft

Make cheques payable to the Minister of Finance and include your certificate number. Mail it to the Ministry of Education and Child Care, 201-828 8th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2. Post-dated cheques are not accepted.

Please note: After we receive payments, they can take two to three days to clear.

Income tax receipts

If your employer deducted the annual fee from your pay, it will automatically appear on your T4 slip.

If you paid your fee online or by cheque, you can log in to Your Account starting in February of each year to download and print your tax receipt.

Pay online

You can pay your annual practice fees online. If this is your first time logging in to Your Account, you must sign-up for a Basic BCeID account first before you can log in to Your Account. If you already have a Basic BCeID you can log in to Your Account.

Register for a BCeID to create your teacher certification account

If you do not have a BCeID you will need to create one for secure access to Your Account.
Inside your Your Account you can 

  • Submit an application
  • Check on the status of your application
  • Pay your annual fee and more...

Log in to your account with BCeID

Log in to pay your annual practice fee online

Deadlines and fees

Initial annual practice fee

Once you are eligible for certification, you will be notified by email to pay your annual practice fee using Your Account. Your certificate will not be issued until you pay this fee. Your fee is prorated during your first year, depending on when you become a certified teacher:

  • June 1 - November 30: $80
  • December 1 - March 31: $40
  • April 1 - May 31: $120 (includes a $40 pro-rated fee for the rest of the school year, plus the full $80 annual fee for the following school year)

Annual practice fee

Pay the fee to keep your certificate in good standing.  

Deadlines Fee Description
April 1 to May 31 $80 Annual payment period. Payment must be received by May 31 (not mailed by) to not be charged a late fee.
June 1 to June 30 $80 + $30 (late fee) = $110 Pay annual fee with a late fee but without suspension.
July 1 to October 31 $80 + $30 (late fee) + $30 (late fee) = $140

Certificate suspended for non-payment of fees. Renewal requires payment of the annual fee and two late fees.

You are not able to teach at a B.C. school or B.C.-accredited offshore school until you have paid your fee and are a valid certificate holder in good standing again.

November 1     Certificate is cancelled for non-payment of fees You will need to apply for a new certificate and re-qualify before you can teach at a B.C. school or B.C.-accredited offshore school again


If you choose to end your teaching certification in B.C., you may be able to request a refund of your annual practice fee.


Contact us Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

Victoria Phone:

Vancouver Phone:

Elsewhere in B.C. Toll Free:

Outside B.C. Phone:


Ministry of Education and Child Care
201-828 8th Ave West
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2