As a teacher, a teaching certificate is the authorization that allows you to teach kindergarten to grade 12 in Alberta. Being a “certificated teacher” means that you have met the standards and requirements necessary to be employed as a teacher and that you have obtained a valid certificate from the Minister of Education through the Office of the Registrar.
Alberta has two levels of teacher certification. The first level is the Interim Professional Certificate (IPC), which prospective teachers can apply for. You will need to meet the Interim Professional Certificate requirements to become certificated. Note that the Interim Professional Certification application process differs for Alberta Teacher Preparation Program Graduates, North American Applicants (Out-of-province/USA), or Out-of-Country Applicants (international). Interim Professional Certificates are valid for a period of three years. If your Interim Professional Certificate expires, it may be re-issued if the Registrar receives a recommendation from a school authority in which you have taught.
The Permanent Professional Certificate (PPC) is the second level of certification. The requirements for the Permanent Professional Certificate are different than the requirements for the interim professional certificate. You are issued a Permanent Professional Certificate when the registrar receives a recommendation from a school authority that you have:
Note to Canadian Certificated Teachers: Effective April 1, 2009, teachers who hold valid Canadian certification will be able to pursue employment and obtain certification in Alberta without additional training and examination. Please refer to the details under Interim Professional Certification.
A Statement of Professional Standing is a document issued by a licensing body or Education Ministry that verifies you currently have or have held a valid teaching certificate. A Statement of Standing will likely be needed if you are moving from one jurisdiction to another. The Statement of Professional Standing shows:
If you received a teaching certificate in Alberta and wish to teach outside of Alberta, you may be required to provide a Statement of Professional Standing as evidence that you hold or have held valid teaching authority in Alberta.
All requests for Statements of Professional Standing must be made online through the TWINS Teacher Registry Self-Service.
If you are applying for certification in Alberta and you completed your initial teacher preparation program outside Alberta, you must arrange to have a Statement of Professional Standing sent directly to the Office of the Registrar at Alberta Education. You must send a Statement of Professional Standing from each jurisdiction* in which you hold or have held certification, including the jurisdiction in which you completed your teacher preparation program.
*Note: Jurisdiction refers to the provincial, state, or national Department/Ministry of Education or College/Federation of Teachers responsible for certification.
If you are familiar with teacher certification in Alberta, please visit Applying for Teacher Certification: The Guide to familiarize yourself with the application process. If you are ready to apply, please see the TWINS Teacher Registry Self-Service Guide to set up your access to the online application.
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