Apply for a B.C. Teaching Certificate
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.
Timing & Evaluation
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. They cannot be fast-tracked.
All supporting documents are required to complete the evaluation process. It may take up to three months or more to evaluate an application. If you're moving to B.C. to teach, apply six months to one year 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
Applicants completing a B.C. university teacher education program
You need to complete the application process within three years of submitting an application. If not, your application will be closed and you will need to reapply.
If you have not submitted enough information or documentation to process your application within a year, you may need to submit updated documents or information.
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.
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