BC Teachers' Council

BC Teachers' Council (BCTC)Under the Teachers Act, the BC Teachers' Council (BCTC) is responsible for:

  • Setting standards for applicants and educators in B.C., including education, competence and professional conduct requirements
  • Setting standards for post-secondary teacher education programs
  • Reviewing and approving post-secondary teacher education programs

The BCTC has 16 members.

Appointments usually happen in April each year. Elections are held every three years. The next election is in the spring of 2021.

The BC Teachers' Council (BCTC) is responsible for establishing the standards for certification – the requirements that must be met before a person can be certified as a teacher in B.C. The current Certification Standards were adopted and approved effective January 20, 2022.

The 2019 Certification Standards were adopted and approved effective November 22, 2019. Evaluation decisions on applications for a Certificate of Qualification made between November 22, 2019 and January 19, 2022 were based on these Certification Standards.

The 2019 Certification Standards replace the former standards, which were Bylaw 2 and Policy P2. Evaluation decisions on applications for a Certificate of Qualification made prior to November 22, 2019 were based on Bylaw 2 and Policy P2.

The BCTC sets the professional standards for certified educators and has revised the Standards for B.C. Educators based on feedback from certificate holders, teacher candidates, education partners, students, parents, and the public.

The BCTC is responsible for establishing the standards for B.C. post-secondary teacher education programs. The BCTC is currently reviewing the Teacher Education Program Approval Standards.

The BCTC reviews and approves teacher education programs at B.C. post-secondary institutions to ensure that they will produce graduates that meet the standards for educators in B.C. The BCTC follows a framework that guides the review and approval process.

Nine members from the BCTC also serve on the Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board. They can be appointed as panel members for disciplinary hearings.

The BC Teachers' Council Meeting Rules (PDF) promote principles of fairness, equality and common sense. They help the BCTC:

  • Facilitate consensus building and knowledge-based decision making
  • Meet its legal mandate and work plan
  • Regulate the teaching profession in the public interest

Presenting at a meeting: Review the BCTC Meeting Rules (PDF) - specifically, the section called "Input to the BCTC." Individuals from the public will be invited to present during the "Comment Period."

Visitor protocol: All BC Teachers' Council meetings are open to the public. Meeting minutes show the names of everyone who attends.  

Meetings are held at the Ministry of Education, #400-2025 W Broadway, Vancouver. When you arrive, wait in the reception area until you're escorted to the meeting room. You will receive directions to the public washroom. Do not go into other areas. Turn off mobile devices. You may be asked to leave if you don't follow the rules.

To register to attend a meeting, email BCTC@gov.bc.ca. Include in your email:

  • The date(s) of the upcoming meeting
  • The given name and surname of the person attending
  • The telephone number (including the area code) of the person attending
  • The organization
  • The email address of the person attending the meeting

According to PHO guidance, meetings may be held by virtual video conference. We will contact you with instructions on how to access the virtual meeting. If you need to cancel your meeting reservation, email BCTC@gov.bc.ca

The information is collected by the Ministry of Education under section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The information will be used to confirm your registration, provide you with instructions for accessing a meeting, and show on the meeting minutes the names and organizations of everyone who attends. Should you have any questions about the collection of this personal information, please contact the Ministry of Education at BCTC@gov.bc.ca.  

Agendas & Minutes


Anyone can share input or request to present at a BCTC meeting: BCTC@gov.bc.ca