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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


How are public schools different from private schools (funded independent schools)?
  1. Public Schools
    Public schools are governed by locally elected school division boards and operate under the regulatory framework of the provincial government. All public schools require teachers to hold a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate or a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate. All public schools require teachers to be proficient in either English or French.
  2. Funded Independent Schools
    Funded independent schools have their own governing bodies or boards. Some schools are affiliated with a specific religious or denominational group. All funded independent schools require teachers to hold a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate or a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate. Most schools require teachers to be proficient in either English or French.

To learn more about schools in Manitoba visit the Going to School in Manitoba website.

Can I apply for a teaching certificate if I am not a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant?

Yes, you may submit a request for an assessment of your academic credentials to World Education Services (WES), an application with the required documents and application fee. If you meet the teaching certification requirements, the Professional Certification and Students Records Unit (PCSRU) will mail you a Statement of Eligibility. The Statement of Eligibility is NOT a teaching certificate, it is simply a letter that confirms that you are eligible for a teaching certificate.

The Statement of Eligibility can help you find employment in Manitoba since it assures employers that PCSRU has evaluated your credentials and you are eligible for teacher certification. To convert your Statement of Eligibility to a teaching certificate contact PCSRU with proof of your status as one of the following:


Proof of Status Requirements
Status Proof
Canadian citizen Photocopy of Canadian passport
Landed Immigrant Photocopy of Permanent Resident card front and back
Holder of a valid work visa Photocopy of valid work visa
Employed as teacher in Manitoba Notice of Employment from employer
How will my application be evaluated?
  • PCSRU requires that your academic credentials be assessed by World Education Services (WES).
  • Your application will be evaluated once all required documents are received.
  • Previous teaching experience is not considered in assessing your eligibility for a teaching certificate.
  • Once PCSRU receives your application and the WES assessment of your academic credentials, it will proceed to:
    • Evaluate your degree(s) and coursework to ensure you meet the academic requirements.
    • Review your university courses to determine if you meet the teachable subject requirements.
    • Review the credit hours that you have completed to determine if you have met professional preparation requirements.
    • Provide the official evaluation results to you by mail.
Is my teaching experience outside of Manitoba recognized?

In general, the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit (PCSRU) will recognize the teaching experience you gained in a public school system while holding a valid teaching certificate in that jurisdiction.

Teaching experience is assessed for salary classification purposes only.

To have such teaching experience assessed, your employer(s) must complete a Verification of Teaching Experience form. See Required Documents for more information.

What if I disagree with the decision of the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit (PCSRU)?

If you disagree with the decision made by PCSRU, please follow the Reconsiderations and Appeals process.

Can I work as a teacher in Manitoba without a teaching certificate?

You cannot work as a teacher in the Manitoba public school system without a teaching certificate. However, in Manitoba, it may be possible to work as a teacher without a teaching certificate at these institutions:

  • Colleges and universities
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs
  • Some independent schools
How do I obtain a Canadian Criminal Record Check accompanied by a Vulnerable Sector Screening (also known as a Record Suspension of {Pardoned} Sex Offender Records)?

Contact the local Law Enforcement Agency to complete the Canadian Criminal Record Check accompanied by a Vulnerable Sector Screening. This screening is available only in Canada. A Canadian Criminal Record Check from The Commissionaires will not be accepted. The original Canadian Criminal Record Check accompanied by a Vulnerable Sector Screening must be submitted to PCSRU.

How do I obtain a Child Abuse Registry Check?

Information about the Child Abuse Registry Check and the application form are available on their website.

Questions not answered?

Please contact the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit if you have additional questions regarding certification as a teacher in Manitoba.