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Notice: Teacher Qualification Service Regulation Change
The TQS has added a new regulation (see below).  Teachers in TQS category four (4) or lower that hold an acceptable master's degree or doctorate will qualify for minimum of TQS category five (5).

Who should apply: Any applicant that is in TQS categories four (4), three (3), two (2) or one (1) and currently holds an acceptable master's or doctorate should apply for an upgrade.
Who should not apply: Teachers who are currently in TQS category five (5) or category six (6).  This change does not affect teachers who are currently in either of these categories.
How to apply: Submit an application for upgrade on our website (www.tqs.bc.ca).  In the schooling details indicate Regulation Change Master's degree.  Include verification of current employment in the BC public school system (most applicants photocopy a pay stub).  Once you receive your new TQS card, show it to your school district to change your compensation.

TQS regulation 2.01-5f states that all applicants holding an acceptable graduate degree and valid BC public school teaching certificate will be placed into a minimum of TQS category five.

 
Notice: Due to current volume TQS turnaround time is 3 to 4 weeks after receipt of the last required document.
 
Notice: The TQS is not open for in person office visits.

Paper Transcripts

Please make use of Canada Post and courier services to submit official documentation.  If you have original official transcripts, you may submit them to the TQS by regular mail, Express Post, or courier.  They will be returned to you by regular mail.  If you include a self-addressed Express Post envelope or if you provide a $15.00 money order, your original documents will be returned by Express Post.

One of a Kind Documents

If you have one of kind documents that you wish to keep in your possession the TQS will accept Notarized copies of those documents.  The notarization must be done by a lawyer or notary public in Canada.  Each page of the documentation must be stamped separately and marked as copied from original.  The notarized copies must be recognizable as original and official and be submitted by postal mail or courier.

Electronic Transcripts

The TQS accepts official electronic transcripts on the condition that they are submitted directly to the TQS by the universities and colleges to the following eMail address:  transcripts2020@tqs.bc.ca.  THIS EMAIL IS FOR UNIVERSITY USE ONLY.  DO NOT CONTACT THE TQS THROUGH THIS EMAIL AS YOUR SUBMISSION WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DELETED.  This eMail address is designated solely for transcripts submitted directly to TQS by universities.  Transcripts, document submissions, and inquiries from applicants to the transcripts eMail address will be automatically deleted.  Please make all your inquiries and submit your documents (with exception of transcripts) by way of the "Contact Us" section of the TQS web site.

 
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