Professional Certification

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Application Process

Step 1: Required Documents

All costs associated with acquiring documents will be at your expense.

exclamation markREMINDER
Your required documents must be in English or French. If your required documents are not in English or French, original notarized translations are required. See Translation of Documents/Notarized Translations for more information.

Please enclose or arrange to have the required documents sent to the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit (PCSRU) when submitting your completed and signed Teacher Certification Application Form for Internationally Educated Teachers and application fee. Follow the steps below:

exclamation markIMPORTANT INFORMATION
The Documents Checklist must be included with your completed and signed Teacher Certification Application Form for Internationally Educated Teachers and application fee.

  1. Documents You Must Enclose
    1. Original Canadian Criminal Record Check accompanied by a Vulnerable Sector Screening (also known as a Record Suspension of {Pardoned} Sex Offender Records) if you are a Canadian Citizen, a Landed Immigrant or hold a Valid Work Visa
      • Your local Law Enforcement Agency must complete the check. Residents of Winnipeg may submit checks completed using the Winnipeg Police Service On-line Criminal Records Check.
      • Canadian Criminal Record Checks from The Commissionaires will not be accepted.
      • You must submit the original document. No other format will be accepted.
      • The document must be less than three (3) months old.
      • Your Canadian Criminal Record Check accompanied by a Vulnerable Sector Screening must include all current and past full legal names that match your proof of identification documents.
      • Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening Check are part of the application and will not be returned to the applicant.
    2. Original Manitoba Child Abuse Registry Check if you are a Canadian Citizen, a Landed Immigrant or hold a Valid Work Visa
      • Information about the Manitoba Child Abuse Registry Check and the application form are available at: www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/child_abuse_registry.html.
      • You must submit the original document. No other format will be accepted.
      • The document must be less than three (3) months old.
      • Your Child Abuse Registry Check must include all current and past legal names that match your proof of identification documents.
      • Child Abuse Registry Check is part of the application and will not be returned to the applicant.

    3. Birth Certificate
      • Provide a photocopy.
    4. Proof of Canadian Citizenship, Landed Immigrant Status or Valid Work Visa
      Provide a photocopy of one of the following:
      • Canadian citizenship certificate
      • Permanent resident card (front and back)
      • Valid work visa (if applicable)
    5. exclamation markIMPORTANT INFORMATION
      • You can apply if you are NOT a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant. A Statement of Eligibility (SOE) may be issued to an applicant who is making an application from outside of Canada after an assessment of her/his academic credentials. See FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for more information.
      • Only your legal name will appear on your certificate.
    6. Official document showing a change of name (if applicable)
      • Provide a photocopy of a marriage certificate or divorce decree or official name change document.
    7. Teaching Certificate or Teaching Credential
      • Provide a photocopy of your teaching certificate issued by each jurisdiction where you hold a teaching credential, even if you did not teach there.
      • If you were not issued a teaching certificate, provide a photocopy of the document that confirms you were authorized to teach in that jurisdiction.
    8. Diploma of Degree(s)
      • Provide a photocopy of the Diploma awarded for each degree you hold.
    9. Official Statement of Professional Standing
      • An Official Statement of Professional Standing from each jurisdiction where you are authorized to teach that verifies your teaching licence has never been revoked, cancelled or suspended. Refer to Statement of Professional Standing for more information.
      • The Official Statement of Professional Standing must be mailed directly to PCSRU from the teacher licencing authority (often a Ministry of Education).
      • Official Statements of Professional Standing submitted to PCSRU that are current and in an officially sealed envelope may be accepted with the application. Statements must not be more than one year old when submitted.
      • In the absence of a licencing authority:
        • An Official Letter of Professional Standing mailed directly from an administrator of the school where you were last employed as a teacher must be provided.
        • This Official Letter of Professional Standing must indicate the dates of employment and verify there has been no misconduct or suspension of your right to teach. It must confirm you are currently held in good professional standing as a teacher.
    10. Verification of Teaching Experience (adobe 29 KB)
      • To be completed and forwarded to PCSRU by your employer(s).
      • It is not necessary to have your teaching experience verified for PCSRU to complete the certification evaluation.
  1. Documents provided by Educational Institutions/licencing Authorities to World Education Services (WES)
    Internationally Educated Applicants applying for a teaching certificate in Manitoba must first obtain an assessment of their academic credentials from WES.
    You must request the following documents from the appropriate institutions to be mailed direct to WES. Failure to have your official documents submitted to WES as detailed below will significantly delay the application process.
    Official Transcript from Each University Where a Degree or Coursework was Completed
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to WES from each university attended that awarded you a degree or where you completed coursework - including your teacher training program.
    • Student copies or unofficial transcripts are NOT accepted.
    • Transcripts forwarded to WES in an envelope officially sealed by the University may be accepted with the application.
    • The official transcripts must include:
      1. Courses completed
      2. Grades assigned
      3. Number of hours in each subject
      4. Degree awarded and date
      5. Language in which you studied for that degree
exclamation markIMPORTANT INFORMATION
Certain universities will mail an Official Verification letter directly to WES to verify degrees awarded accompanied by detailed mark certificates for each year of each degree. This Official Verification letter must be prepared by one of the following university officials:
  • registrar
  • deputy registrar
  • controller of examinations
  • assistant controller of examination
REMINDER:
Failure to submit the required documents will delay the application process. WES and PCSRU reserve the right to request further documentation if required and may request original documents if the photocopies you provided are not acceptable.

A certification application will remain open for twelve months from the date it is first received.  If all documentation required from the applicant is not provided within twelve months, the application will be closed. There will be no refund of the application fee in this circumstance.

tipYou may be eligible for financial help to cover the costs associated with your application. See Financial Help for more information.

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