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


Number of Valid Certificate Holders in B.C.1

Certificate Type Number as of June 30, 2020
Certificate of Qualification (COQ) 72,763
Independent School Teaching Certificate (ISTC) 1,865
COQ and ISTC 254
Total 74,882

 Number of Valid LOP Holders in B.C.  

Certificate Type Number as of June 30, 2020
Letter of Permission – Public Schools2 0
Letter of Permission – Independent Schools2 53
Letter of Permission – First Nation Schools2 0
Total 53

1 These statistics reflect the current number of valid certificate holders. They do not capture applicants currently in the certification process.
2  Typically, the maximum validity period for a Letter of Permission is one school year. Individuals who are issued a Letter of Permission must re-apply once the validity period has expired.