Retiring or Relinquishing your Certificate

To maintain your BC teaching certificate, your annual practice fee must be paid.

You may no longer require a BC teaching certificate. If you are choosing to teach outside of BC or pursuing another career where you no longer need your certificate, you may still wish to continue maintaining your BC certificate by paying the annual fee.

If you are retiring, but may be employed as a teacher-on-call or are using your BC certification to accept employment in BC, you must maintain your certificate by paying the annual fee. If you are employed by a school district or independent school, you will be payroll deducted by your employer.

If you decide that you no longer want to be certified by the Teacher Regulation Branch, and you are not teaching and do not plan to return to teaching, you have two options:

  • Do not pay your annual fee. Your certificate will be cancelled for non-payment of fees.
  • Complete and submit the Notice of Relinquishment form. If you have paid your annual fee for the upcoming school year, you will receive a refund if the Teacher Regulation Branch receives your completed Notice of Relinquishment form on or before June 30 of the current year. If your annual fee was payroll-deducted by your employer, please refer to Refund for Payroll-Deducted Annual Practice Fee below.

In both of the above cases, if you wish to return to teaching, you will need to reapply. You will be subject to the requirements in place at the time of your reapplication.

Refund for Payroll-Deducted Annual Practice Fee

If you are a certificate holder whose annual fee has been payroll deducted by your employer and you are retiring (or you do not intend to teach or hold a position that requires a BC teaching credential), you may be eligible for a refund.

To qualify for a refund of the annual fee, you (the certificate holder):

  • must have been payroll deducted by your employer in the spring before the upcoming school year for which you are requesting the refund,
  • must request a refund in writing and indicate your intention not to teach in BC during the upcoming school year (or hold a position that requires a BC teaching certificate) and ensure that the Director of Certification at the Teacher Regulation Branch receives your request on or before June 30, and
  • must complete a Notice of Relinquishment form and submit it with the written request.

The Teacher Regulation Branch:

  • will not consider or process any refund requests or relinquishment forms received after June 30, and
  • will process refunds and return them to the school district or authority where they were remitted from and not to the individual who has requested the refund. Each employer will need to process the refund to the former employee and adjust the individual's T4 accordingly.

Please note that if an individual who relinquishes his/her certificate wants to return to teaching in BC, he/she would need to apply for a new certificate and meet all application requirements that are in place at that time. The Teacher Regulation Branch cautions that the evaluation of the application does not guarantee that the individual will qualify for a new BC teaching certificate and additional documents may be required to complete the evaluation.

Downloadable documents and forms: