Upgrade Your Teaching Certificate

Depending on the type of certificate you have, you may be able to complete coursework or work experience to upgrade. 

If your certificate expires, you are no longer authorized to teach in B.C. and you will not be able to upgrade – you will need to apply for certification.


Last updated: November 27, 2020

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​​​Upgrade a Conditional or Trades Teaching Certificate

Get pre-approval for your courses before you register or pay tuition by emailing us with the institution name, course code and name, and course description.

Upgrade to a professional teaching certificate by completing the coursework outlined in your evaluation letter. Your courses must be completed before your certificate expires.

Have the post-secondary institution where you completed your courses send an official copy of your transcript directly to us. You will be contacted once your transcript has been reviewed.

Request to have education coursework excused for a Conditional Certificate

If you have taught successfully in an acceptable B.C. school for at least 1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) while holding your valid Conditional Certificate, up to six credits of education coursework can be excused. Offshore school and teacher-on-call or substitute teaching experience is not accepted.

Other academic coursework requirements cannot be excused.

To request to have your education coursework excused, send a written request along with:

Proof of teaching experience. Ask your employer to provide an outline of your full- and part-time teaching experience – be sure not to include teacher-on-call or substitute teaching experience.

Ask your superintendent, principal or vice principal to send a teaching report directly to us. This comprehensive report should describe your overall competency as a teacher and include:

  • Topics such as planning, organization, lesson delivery, classroom management, assessment, interaction with parents, etc.
  • Details about your competency in specific areas that relate to education courses you would like excused (e.g. if you would like to excuse a special needs course, the report should describe your ability to plan Individualized Education Programs and integrate special needs students into your class)

 


​​​​​Upgrade an interim Independent School Teaching Certificate

To upgrade an interim independent school teaching certificate to a non-expiring one, you need to complete 1.5 years of full-time (or equivalent part-time) teaching experience in an acceptable B.C. independent school while holding a valid interim independent school teaching certificate. Offshore school and teacher-on-call or substitute teaching experience is not accepted.

Send a written request to trb.certification@gov.bc.ca with your request for a non-expiring certificate.

Provide an outline of your full- and part-time teaching experience – be sure not to include teacher-on-call or substitute teaching experience.

Ask your superintendent, principal or vice principal to send a teaching report directly to us. This comprehensive report should describe your overall competency as a teacher and include:

  • Topics such as planning, organization, lesson delivery, classroom management, assessment, interaction with parents, etc.

 


Upgrade a Standard Certificate of Qualification

Have your post-secondary institution(s) where you completed your courses and/or degree send an official copy of your transcript directly to us. You will be contacted once your transcript has been reviewed.