Note: All information entered on the application form becomes part of your permanent record with Alberta Education. The submitted form is your official application. For security purposes, once submitted, you will not be able to return to the application form. If you find an error or omission in your application after the submission, you must contact the Registrar at Alberta Education immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals seeking certification to teach in Alberta must complete an online application hosted through the Teacher Workforce Information System (TWINS). Information provided by the individual must be complete and accurate in all respects.
The application includes several statements requiring an electronic signature that consists of clicking an electronic checkbox to acknowledge or accept a declaration. By applying to teach in Alberta through submission of the online application, you understand that:
If you are unable to submit the electronic form, please contact the TWINS administrator at email@example.com.
Do not make a payment prior to submitting an application or service request, or prior to a recommendation for certification being submitted by your school authority. Your application fee must be paid at the time you submit your application.
Your application will not be processed until your fee has been paid. Application fees are determined by where you completed your initial teacher education program:
Note: Do not mail cash. International cheques and money orders are not accepted.
You have the following options to pay the application fee:
Mail the cheque or money order to:
The Registrar at Alberta Education
2nd floor, 44 Capital Boulevard
10044 – 108 Street
Canada T5J 5E6
Applications are handled through the TWINS Teacher Self-Service.
NOTE: Applications will not be processed until the required documentation and the fee have been received. You have one year to complete your application. Applications and replaceable documents submitted in support of an application will be kept on file for one year from receipt of the last document(s).
Please allow at least 20 business days for any application status updates to be posted to your TWINS Teacher Self-Service account. You will be notified when your file is complete and in queue for assessment.
Use TWINS Teacher Self-Service to view and check your application status. Application status is not available by phone, email or walk-in.
Completed applications are evaluated for Interim Professional Certificates (IPC) in the order in which they were received. Please wait the following minimum time before contacting the teacher certification branch.
Note: Alberta Education is the only organization with the authority to assess credentials for teacher certification.
Note: Documents in a language other than English or French must be accompanied by an English or French translation provided by an official translator.
Review your application’s checklist on TWINS Teacher Self-Service to identify required documentation. See table above for minimum requirements.
Acceptable identity documents include a photocopy of:
NOTE: Passports are NOT accepted as proof of identity or citizenship.
A Criminal Record Check must be obtained through the relevant agencies as deemed appropriate by the Registrar. It must:
The Registrar must ensure that certificated teachers are individuals who can be entrusted with the instruction and unsupervised custody of students, while serving as positive role models. The Registrar may refuse certification to an individual who has been convicted of a criminal offence in Canada or an equivalent conviction in a jurisdiction outside Canada.
If you have a record of criminal conviction, you will be required to provide additional documentation as requested.
You must be proficient in one of Canada’s official languages (English or French). If you completed your teacher education program outside of Canada, you may have to provide evidence of language proficiency. Proof of language proficiency ensures that teachers are able to communicate effectively in English or French before entering the classroom.
English Language Proficiency
Alberta Education accepts:
When you have achieved the required TOEFL-iBT or IELTS scores, please arrange for your official results to be sent directly to the Registrar at Alberta Education. Scores older than one year are not acceptable.
French Language Proficiency
Evidence of French language proficiency must be submitted to the Registrar at Alberta Education in the form of a recorded interview accompanied by a signed statement. Your recorded interview must meet the following conditions:
The recording must be at least 10 minutes of unrehearsed conversation between you and an appropriate interviewer on a CD (not a DVD or memory stick).
The interviewer must:
Interview conversation should include a variety of topics including:
If you are moving from another jurisdiction to Alberta you will need a Statement of Standing.
Jurisdiction refers to the provincial, state, or national Department/Ministry of Education, or the College/Federation of Teachers responsible for certification. A Statement of Standing is a document issued by a jurisdiction that verifies you currently hold or have held a valid teaching certificate.
The Statement of Standing shows:
You must arrange to have a Statement of Standing sent directly to the Registrar at Alberta Education from the jurisdictions where you:
If a jurisdiction does not issue certification, then a Letter of Reference is accepted in lieu of a Statement of Standing. Letters of Reference must:
Transcripts are a detailed record of courses completed and grades received.
Official transcripts are required from all post-secondary and transfer institutions that you attended. These documents must be mailed directly from the post-secondary institution to the Registrar at Alberta Education in sealed envelopes.
You may be asked to provide a course syllabus of program(s) of study, practicum reports detailing the hours/days/weeks of supervised student teaching, and any other additional information requested.
An original high school leaving certificate that includes a record of courses completed and grades received. This document is specific to each country and is not required for all applicants. After your application is reviewed, you will be advised if this document is required.
Alberta has a currency of teaching practice requirement. If you completed your teacher education program over 10 years ago, you must provide evidence of your teaching experience.
Evidence of teaching experience is a written verification from all employers detailing your teaching experience within the last 10 years. The written verification(s) must:
Current teaching experience within the past 10 years includes:
If you are not current in your teaching practice, you may be required to upgrade your qualifications by completing 9 semester hour credits of education coursework and 9 weeks of supervised student teaching.
If you have changed your name, you must send in one of the following documents that details all names that you have used for legal purposes:
Original, irreplaceable documents will be returned to you by registered mail once the assessment of your credentials has been finalized.