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       Thursday, April 24, 2014

Procedures for Obtaining an Additional Qualification Certificate

The Additional Qualification Certificate (AQC) was introduced in August 2003 to enable teachers to upgrade their classification and help ensure we have teachers who specialize in required subject areas throughout the province. There are several ways to acquire the AQC. The date when Educator Services receives the application will determine the effective date of the certificate.

There are two groups who qualify:

  • Teachers in Class IV who hold a Professional 'A' Teacher's Certificate may qualify for Class V by meeting the requirements for an AQC.
  • Teachers in Class V who hold a Professional 'A' Teacher's Certificate, a Bachelor of Education degree and have completed one year (30 semester hours) of graduate studies may qualify for Class VI by meeting the requirements for an AQC.

Teachers must complete one of the three programs outlined below to receive an AQC.  It is important to note that coursework in an Integrated program must be completed within a six-year time period.  The Minister of Education may approve an extension upon application.

An AQC is issued only upon the formal application of the teacher.

The teacher is responsible for ensuring that all the official documents required for an evaluation of his or her qualifications are forwarded by the educational institution(s) to Educator Services.  A separate transcript is required from each institution attended.

An evaluation of coursework is made in accordance with The Teacher Certification and Classification Regulations, 2002 and is based upon official transcripts.  Diplomas, certificates and statements of marks are not acceptable.

Reclassification will be in accordance with Section 15 of The Teacher Certification and Classification Regulations, 2002.



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