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 June 30, 2019)

Certificate of Qualification (COQ) 71,635
Independent School Teaching Certificate (ISTC) 1,755
COQ and ISTC 229
Letter of Permission 84
Total 73,703