Professional Certification

Teaching Certification Application Process for Internationally Educated Teachers

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Effective October, 2021, Post-Secondary education completed outside of Canada or the United States of America requires a course-by-course (ICAP) evaluation by the World Education Services (WES). This course-by-course evaluation must be mailed directly to the Professional Certification Unit (PCU) from WES. Please refer to Post-Secondary Education Completed Outside of Canada or the United States of America for more information.


You are encouraged to complete a Self-Evaluation Form ( 158 KB) to assist you in determining if you meet the requirements to qualify for certification and to help you decide whether you wish to proceed with an evaluation of your academic credential by WES. Previous teaching experience is not considered in assessing your eligibility for a teaching certificate.


Residency Requirements

You can apply for a teaching certificate and your application can still be evaluated regardless of your residency.

A Canadian citizenship, a landed immigrant (permanent resident), or a valid work visa is a requirement to hold a Manitoba Professional Teaching Certificate.

If you are eligible for certification and have no residency status a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) may be issued.

For more information about immigration to Canada, please contact your immigration office:

For more information about Teaching in Manitoba, please consult Teaching in Manitoba: Information for Internationally Educated Teachers ( 303 KB)

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A Statement of Eligibility (SOE) may be issued to an applicant from outside Canada after an assessment of her/his teaching credentials. An SOE is not a teaching certificate but it is proof of the applicant's eligibility for a Manitoba Teaching Certificate. Once the applicant obtains a Work Visa, becomes a Canadian Citizen or achieves landed immigrant status, she/he presents the SOE to Professional Certification Unit (PCU). An original current background check will be required at that time before issuing the certificate cited on the SOE: permanent or provisional professional teaching certificate.

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Evaluation of Your Application

Once all the required documents are received, PCU will evaluate your application and you will be advised of one of the following outcomes:

  • You are eligible for a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate
  • You are eligible for a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate
  • You are eligible for a Statement of Eligibility
  • You are not eligible for a Manitoba Teaching Certificate
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Application Process

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Once your application is received and reviewed you will receive an email which will include your file ID number and a list of any documents that are missing from your application.

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

The Professional Certification Unit (PCU) reserves the right to request further documentation, to assist in the evaluation of your credentials.

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Certification

If you are eligible for a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate, PCU will mail your Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate and a Statement of Qualifications. The Statement of Qualifications is a document that outlines the details of your certification.

If you are eligible for a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate, PCU will mail your Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate and a list of requirements that you must complete in order to be eligible for a Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate. You will also receive a Statement of Qualifications that outlines the details of your certification, including the certificate expiry date.

If you are eligible for a Statement of Eligibility (SOE), PCU will mail your Statement of Eligibility and a list of requirements that you must complete in order to be eligible for a Provisional Professional Teaching Certificate or Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate. A SOE is not a teaching certificate but it is proof of the applicant's eligibility for a Manitoba Teaching Certificate.

If you are not eligible for a Manitoba Teaching Certificate, PCU will mail a letter to you that explains the requirements in order to become certified.

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Reconsiderations and Appeals

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You may appeal the assessment of your credentials as it relates to certification, salary classification and recognition of experience.  There are two steps to the appeal process. 


The first step before pursuing a formal appeal is a Request for Reconsideration which must be submitted within 45 days of the date of the letter you received from the Professional Certification Unit advising you of your evaluation outcome.  There is no fee associated with this step of the appeal process.

A formal Request for Appeal may be made following a Reconsideration decision in those cases where the applicant continues to be dissatisfied with the decision.  A Request for Appeal must be accompanied by a fee of $99.00 and must be submitted within 45 days of the date of the Reconsideration decision. The provincial body that hears appeals will be charged with ascertaining whether there has been an error in interpreting and/or applying the regulatory requirements.  If the appeal is successful, the fee will be refunded.  For detailed information regarding the appeal process and to access the forms for each step of the process visit Reconsiderations and Appeals.

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