Pay the Annual Practice Fee
Your annual practice fee must be paid by May 31 every year to maintain a valid B.C. teaching certificate. The annual fee is $80. There are no discounts or prorated fee options.
You need to pay the fee to keep your certificate in good standing – even if you are unsure whether you will be employed as a teacher or if you are on leave from your position.
to May 31
Annual fee notices are mailed. Pay your fee online without penalty.
Don't wait until the deadline to make your payment. Payment must be received by (not mailed by) May 31 to not be charged a late fee.
to June 30
Pay annual fee with a late fee but without suspension.
Fee: $80 + $30 (late fee) = $110
July 1 to October 31
Certificate suspended for non-payment of fees. Renewal requires payment of the annual fee and two late fees.
You are not able to teach at a B.C. school or B.C.-accredited offshore school until you have paid your fee and are a valid certificate holder in good standing again.
Fee: $80 + $30 (late fee) + $30 (late fee) = $140 payable
Certificate is cancelled for non-payment of fees. You will need to apply for a new certificate and re-qualify before you can teach at a B.C. school or B.C.-accredited offshore school again.
Deducted from your payroll
If you work for a school district or independent school, your employer will automatically deduct the annual fee from your payroll in the spring each year.
If you are work for more than one school board or authority, you will need to elect one employer to deduct the annual fee.
If you are on leave, intermittently employed or teaching on call, check with your employer about paying the fee. It may not be possible to deduct it from your payroll – you might need to pay your own annual fee.
Log in to Your Account and pay online.
Do not email credit card data to the Ministry of Education.
Cheque, money order or bank draft
Make it payable to the Minister of Finance and include your certificate number. Mail or deliver it to the Ministry of Education.
Post-dated cheques are not accepted.
Income Tax Receipts
If your employer deducted the annual fee from your pay, it will automatically appear on your T4 slip.
If you paid your fee online or by cheque, you can log in to Your Account starting in February of each year to download and print your tax receipt.
If you choose to end your teaching certification in B.C., you may be able to request a refund of your annual practice fee.