Apply for a B.C. Teaching Certificate
On October 5, 2020, between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm PDT, we will update our teacher certification application forms. If you have started but not yet submitted an application form, this update will affect your form. Find more information in your account.
Step 1: Create an account
Step 2: Complete the online application form
Avoid delays – include all relevant information like academic credentials, awards, and post-secondary institutions attended. Be sure to consent to a criminal record check.
Step 3: Pay the application fee
Once everything is complete, submit the form and pay the non-refundable application fee.
Step 4: Submit documents and track your application status
Review the application documents that you need to send in as part of your application.
You will receive an email if you are missing any documents – you can also track them in Your Account. If any documents arrive before you submit an application, they'll be added to your file once your application is received.
Be patient – documents can take some time to arrive.
Step 5: Apply to the Teacher Qualification Service
If you are planning to work in the B.C. public school system, you also need to apply to the Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) for a category which helps determine your salary level. A copy of your teaching certificate will automatically be sent to the TQS.
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. They cannot be fast-tracked.
An application cannot be evaluated until all supporting documents have been provided. Learn more about submitting your documents. If you're moving to B.C. to teach, apply before you arrive.
Once your application is evaluated, you will receive a letter with instructions on what to do next. Do not start taking courses before you receive your results – it's uncertain which courses you'll need until your evaluation is complete.
Get Help with the Application Process
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You need to complete the application process within three years of submitting an application. If you do not complete the process within that time period, your application will be closed.
If, within a year, you have not submitted all outstanding documents to complete your application, the Director of Certification reserves the right to request updated documents.
If your incomplete application remains inactive for over a year, your application will be closed.
If your application is closed, you will have to submit a new application and the application fee to pursue teacher certification in British Columbia.
Cancelled or Expired Certificates
Once you have a B.C. teaching certificate, keep it valid by paying the annual practice fee. This way, you won't need to apply for a new new certificate if you want to teach in B.C. again.
You need to apply for a new certificate and meet current certificate requirements.
You don't need to re-submit identification documents or transcripts (unless you've completed more courses since your last certification).
You may qualify for reinstatement if you have teaching experience within the last five years that meets the following criteria:
- One school year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
- At a B.C. public school or a Group 1, Group 2, or Group 4 B.C. independent school, or an accredited B.C. First Nations school
- Your employer has verified your experience in writing
Submit an application using Your Account.
Review of a Decision about a Certificate
If you apply for a certificate of qualification or an independent school teaching certificate and one of the following outcomes occurs, you can ask the director of certification to reconsider the decision:
- You are not issued a certificate
- You are issued a certificate that is different from the certificate for which you applied
- You are issued a certificate that has a limitation or condition
- You are issued a certificate that is later rescinded
The letter you receive from the director of certification will outline the reasons for the decision. It will also provide instructions on how to ask the director to reconsider the decision.
Appeal of a Reconsideration Decision
After the director of certification reconsiders a certification decision, you will receive a letter that sets out the reasons for the reconsideration decision. The letter will also provide instructions on how to appeal the reconsideration decision, if you choose to. The appeal must be made to the commissioner for teacher regulation within 30 days of the date of the reconsideration decision.