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Temporary Certificate

Application for the 2022 and 2022-2023 Temporary Certificate

The College is accepting applications for temporary certificates from eligible teacher candidates who have successfully completed a portion of their practicum at the time of application and are expected to successfully complete their program by the end of 2022 or 2023. All requirements in the sections below apply to the granting of the temporary certificate, including the “Who Can Apply” section, which lists the requirements that must be met to be eligible to apply for a temporary certificate.

Ontario teacher candidates in a consecutive or concurrent teacher education program can apply for a temporary certificate if their faculty reports them as meeting the eligibility criteria.

Eligible teacher education candidates are those who:

  • are expected to successfully complete their Ontario program of professional education in 2022 or 2023; and
  • have, as of the date of their application, successfully completed a satisfactory portion of the practicum*; and
  • have made satisfactory progress in their program.*

*As confirmed by reports from a faculty of education. Faculties and deans are uniquely positioned to identify teacher candidates who are prepared for the responsibilities of holding a temporary certificate, and the College confirms it will respect their judgment. Faculties make these decisions within the context of their teacher education programs accreditations and work with the College towards the overall goal of continued excellence in the profession.

Ontario teacher education candidates are only eligible for one of the two types of temporary certificates:

  1. 2022 Temporary Certificate – For those who are set to successfully complete their initial teacher education program in 2022.
    Expires on: December 31, 2022. Holders can request a six-month extension.
  2. OR

  3. 2022-2023 Temporary Certificate – For those who are set to successfully complete their initial teacher education program in 2023.
    Expires on: December 31, 2023 with no possibility for extension.

Faculty reports will determine which type of temporary certificate a candidate is eligible for.

This certificate is a limited-time, emergency measure.

To be granted a temporary certificate, candidates must first have applied to the College for the general or transitional certificate. They must also have applied for the temporary certificate, paid all necessary fees and meet all other applicable certification requirements.

Teacher education candidates in concurrent programs who do not have a conferred undergraduate degree at the time of application, must arrange for their faculties to submit an attestation that they have met all requirements to be granted the undergraduate degree.

Teacher candidates who are issued a temporary certificate are expected to complete all required program components including course work, attendance, and practicum days by the expiry date listed on their certificate.

The certificate can be converted to a general Certificate of Qualification and Registration if all program requirements are met by the expiry date noted on the temporary certificate.

All members and applicants must successfully complete the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program. Find out more about the Sexual Abuse Prevention Program.

To apply for a temporary certificate, complete this form and ensure all outstanding documents on your application have been received, including a report from your faculty of education which confirms your eligibility for this certificate.


The Temporary Certificate of Qualification and Registration is a limited-time, emergency measure designed to address reported severe teacher shortages in Ontario’s public school system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the FAQs about the temporary certificate.

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