Types of B.C. Teaching Certificates


Teach at any B.C. school


Teach only at an independent or First Nations school


Teach a First Nations language


Get permission to teach for a short period of time


Certification Standards

The Ministry of Education uses bylaws and policies for the regulation and certification of educators in B.C. Find the standards for certification in Bylaw 2 and Policy P2. 


Number of Current Valid Certificate Holders in B.C.

(as of September 30, 2019)

Certificate of Qualification (COQ) 72,454
Independent School Teaching Certificate (ISTC) 1,791
COQ and ISTC 233
Letter of Permission 209
Total 74,687