Teacher Qualifications Service

The Teacher Qualifications Service (TQS) is the agency in Alberta responsible for evaluating a teacher's years of education for salary purposes. All public, separate and francophone school boards in the province as well as some private boards accept evaluations issued by the TQS for the purpose of helping to determine a teacher's placement on the salary grid. School boards use a teacher's TQS evaluation (which is based on years of acceptable education), along with an assessment of the teacher's years of teaching experience (as governed by the relevant collective agreement), to ascertain a teacher's ultimate placement on the salary grid.