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Types of Teaching Certificates

Certificate of Qualification and Registration

The Certificate of Qualification and Registration provides proof of your registration with the College and is your annual licence to teach in Ontario. The College updates and mails it to you each year after receiving your membership fee.

This certificate, which outlines your teaching qualifications, is separated into four sections:

  • Degree(s),
  • Program of Teacher Education,
  • Basic Qualifications and
  • Additional Qualifications.

Basic Qualifications (BQ) identify the school system divisions for which you have successfully completed studies in teaching methodology: Primary (Grades K-3), Junior (Grades 4-6), Intermediate (Grades 7-10) and Senior (Grades 11-12) or Technological Education (Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12).

Every Ontario teacher must be qualified in at least two consecutive divisions, for example, Primary/Junior.

Junior/Intermediate teachers must also be qualified in at least one teaching subject from the list of academic subjects; teachers in the Intermediate/Senior division must be qualified in two teaching subjects.

Additional Qualifications (AQ) identify courses in education methodology or administration completed after pre-service training.

If you complete an Additional Qualification course during the year, it will be listed on the Certificate of Qualification and Registration you receive the following year.

Transitional Certificate of Qualification and Registration

A Transitional Certificate of Qualification and Registration is for College members who are still completing their professional education.

You are enrolled in a College-accredited, multi-session program or an equivalent in another Canadian province or territory. For example, you have completed only the first session of your multi-session teacher education program.

This certificate is valid for six years. If your professional education program is not completed within six years, you may request a one-year extension.

Your certificate will expire if your program of professional education is not completed in that time. Those with expired certificates must complete their teacher education program before reapplying to the College.

The transitional certificate is provided to:

  • people of First Nations, Métis or Inuit ancestry preparing to teach in the Primary and Junior divisions
  • teacher candidates preparing to teach technological education, a Native language or in a the French-language school system
  • teacher candidates who are enrolled in a multi-session program that will prepare them to teach students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Your transitional certificate is converted to a Certificate of Qualification and Registration when your teacher education program is completed. 

Adding Additional Qualifications

When you complete an Additional Qualification course, the faculty of education or other provider automatically sends electronic confirmation to the College that you have successfully completed the course. If you included your email address when you opened a personal account in the Members’ Area of the College website, we will notify you when the AQ is added to your record.

Your Additional Qualifications appear on your record on Find a Teacher and on your printable teaching certificate in the Members’ Area of the College website.

The Additional Qualification appears on your Certificate of Qualification and Registration the following year. If you prefer, you may request an updated certificate immediately. The fee for this service is $24. It takes about two weeks.

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