Once you have submitted your application through the
Applicants' Area, there are various supporting documents that will
need to be submitted to support your application. This page describes the documents
that we require and tells you how to complete and submit them.
You will notice that some of the documents need to be notarized. A verified copy
is a photocopy of a document on which a notary public or lawyer states in writing
that it is "a true copy of the original" and signs the copy. Anyone who holds current,
valid certification with the BC Ministry of Education can also notarize your documents.
On the photocopy, he or she must include his or her full name, certificate number
Application for an Independent School Teaching Certificate (ISTC)
You must complete all sections of the ISTC application form, available in the Applicants' Area. Please pay particular
attention to the Academic Qualifications section by making sure you list all of
your post-secondary institutions and awards. We will only accept your application
if you answer all of the Personal Information questions and if you sign and date
the Declaration of Professional Commitment.
Consent to a Criminal Record Check
Consent to a Criminal Record Check is included in the application form and submitted
to us with your application. We will forward your information to the Criminal Records
Review Program of the Ministry of Justice and, in turn, they will return the results
directly to us. Once you become certified, you will need to undergo a criminal record
check every five years.
Having a criminal record does not automatically make you ineligible for a certificate.
However, you may be ineligible for a certificate if you make false statements or
if you do not tell us about a criminal record. If necessary, we may ask you to complete
an additional criminal record check so we can review all the details related to
Criminal record check results are confidential. We cannot accept previous criminal
record checks you have completed, and we cannot provide you with a copy of the results
of this criminal record check.
Statement(s) of Professional Standing
A Statement of Professional Standing is a letter that states you are a teacher in
good standing and that your teaching licence has never been revoked, cancelled or
suspended for any disciplinary reasons. Statement(s) of Professional Standing must
be mailed directly to the Ministry of Education Teacher Regulation Branch from all
certification bodies where you hold or have held a teaching certificate. This is
required even if you have never taught in the jurisdiction and even if the certificate
If you have taught in a jurisdiction where you do not hold a teaching certificate,
you need to ask the employer to send us a brief letter stating whether or not there
were any concerns about your conduct or competence. It must be signed, dated, written
on letterhead, and sent directly to us from the employer by mail, fax, or as a scanned
Secondary school graduation diploma
If you are applying for an SSR certificate, a verified copy of your secondary school
graduation diploma is required. If your diploma is not available, we will accept
a letter from the secondary school stating when you completed your studies. O-level
and A-level certificates meet this requirement.
If you are currently teaching or have previously taught in a K-12 school, please
ask the most recent employer to write a teaching report on your behalf. The report
must state the name and address of the employer and indicate the start and end dates
of your employment. The content of the report should be comprehensive and address
your overall competency as an educator. The areas generally described in a teaching
report include planning, organization, lesson delivery, classroom management, assessment,
interaction with parents, etc.
Official transcripts of all other post-secondary studies
Please ask each of the post-secondary institutions you have attended to mail an
official transcript directly to us. We do not accept transcripts by fax or email.
We do not accept transcripts sent by applicants even if the transcripts are sealed
or notarized. It is important that we receive a transcript for every college and
university you have attended. We do not accept reports completed by ICES in lieu
of transcripts. This includes transcripts for:
- all coursework for your degree(s) including courses transferred from any exchange
- all transferred courses, including Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
- courses that were required for admission to your teacher education program
- Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP)
- all trades training institutions that you have attended (BCIT, VCC, TRU)
Each course is relevant to our evaluation and we will recognize only courses for
which we have an official transcript. Transcripts should show:
- the dates of enrolment
- the name of each course you took at that institution,
- the grades you received
- the number of credits granted or lecture hours completed for each course.
If the transcripts do not include all of the information we require, we may ask
for additional details, such as an outline or program syllabus. If transcripts arrive
in languages other than English or French, we will send a copy to you for translation.
Distance teacher education program details
If you completed any part of a teacher education program by distance or online education,
please ask your Faculty of Education to send details about your program directly
to us. The details must state what courses you completed face-to-face and what courses
you completed by distance or online. They must also provide the number of lecture
hours you attended for each on-campus course and indicate how many days of practicum
you completed in a classroom. This information is required only for the studies
you completed within your teacher education program. We do not require this information
for academic courses you took outside the Faculty of Education.
Some transcripts from post-secondary institutions outside of Canada do not indicate
the awarding of a degree or qualification. If this is the case with any of your
transcripts, you must send us a verified copy of your degree or diploma. You can
also ask the post-secondary institution to send us a letter stating the qualification
they have awarded you.
Confidential Character Reference for Authorization to Teach in British Columbia
Your application must include two
character reference forms (add hyperlink). You will need to complete
and submit page 1 of the form. You will also need to ask two people acting as your
references (your referees) who have known you for at least two years to complete
page 2 and submit the forms directly to us. Your referees do not need to have observed
you in any teaching capacity. However, we will not accept forms completed by referees
that are too closely related to you, such as relatives, partners, spouses or equivalents.
We do not accept letters of recommendation as a substitute for the character reference
We require legal identification for all names appearing on the documents you submit
as part of your application. We will only use your legal name on your certificate.
We will not issue you a certificate that includes names for which official documentation
does not exist. We require one of the following as a primary identification document:
Birth certificate: We require a notarized copy of your birth certificate.
If you were born in Canada and you do not have a birth certificate, you must obtain
a replacement from the Vital Statistics department in the province where you were
born. Send us a notarized copy of the replacement certificate.
Statutory declaration: If you were born outside of Canada and you do not
have a birth certificate, you must have a notary public or lawyer prepare a statutory
declaration in which you swear to the following:
- your date of birth
- your full name at birth
- your birthplace
- that you do not have a birth certificate.
You must attach a notarized copy of your passport, permanent residents card, or
a Canadian citizenship card to the statutory declaration.
We also require the following, if they apply to you:
Marriage certificate: If you changed your surname as a result of marriage,
you must include a notarized copy of your marriage certificate.
Divorce certificate: If you are divorced and cannot provide a marriage certificate
as proof of a current or previous surname, you must send us a notarized copy of
the divorce certificate.
Change of name certificate: If you changed your name for reasons other than
marriage or divorce, you must send us a notarized copy of an official change of
name certificate, permanent residents or Canadian citizenship card.
Language proficiency results
BC's languages of instruction are English and, in French immersion schools, French.
To teach in BC, you need to be able to read, write and speak English or French at
an advanced level. Applicants whose first language is not English or French and
have completed any part of their education in countries where English or French
is not the only official language must meet our language proficiency requirements;
therefore we require results from an
acceptable language proficiency test.
We need language proficiency results before we can evaluate your application or
tell you of any coursework you may need to complete. It is highly recommended that
applicants meet the language proficiency requirements before submitting an application
to the Teacher Regulation Branch. Applicants who do not meet our minimum language
proficiency requirements will not be issued any certificate until this requirement
has been met.
Additional Items required for School and Subject Restricted (SSR) Applications
School Authority Form
Please ask the school authority that is endorsing your application for a School
and Subject Restricted Certificate to complete an
Independent School Teaching Certificate – School Authority Form.
Your prospective employer should complete the form and submit it directly to the
Teacher Regulation Branch.
Verified copies of post-secondary certificates earned in your area of expertise
Please send us verified copies of any post-secondary certificates you have earned
in your area of expertise. These may include participation certificates or certificates
that confirm completion of a course or program. If your area is Physical Education,
you need to include evidence of a 16-hour First Aid training course.
Four letters of recommendation
We require four detailed sealed letters of recommendation verifying your expertise
in your subject area and suitability to teach children. These letters must be from
- Authority (chair or member of the board)
- Principal of the school
- A member of the immediate school community (exclusive of a. and b.)
- Member of the community at large
You must include a non-refundable
application fee with your application. We will not evaluate your application
or assign you a file number until you have paid the application fee.