How do I obtain an evaluation of my qualifications for salary purposes?
- Find out if you are eligible to teach in Alberta.
For more information about certification, contact the Registrar, Professional Standards Branch, Alberta Education, 2nd Floor, 44 Capital Boulevard, 10044 108 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 5E6.
For telephone inquiries, call 780-427-2045 or call the government's RITE line toll-free at 310-0000 and dial 780-427-2045 at the prompt.
For further information regarding Alberta teacher authority, please visit www.education.alberta.ca/teachers/certification.aspx.
|IMPORTANT: In order to obtain a statement of qualifications from the Teacher Qualifications Service (TQS), you must either (1) be a teacher who holds or is eligible to hold an Alberta teacher's certificate or other teaching authority issued by the Registrar, Alberta Education or (2) be a student who has been admitted to an Alberta education faculty and who has advanced standing in a program leading to eligibility for certification.
- Download and fill out a TQS Salary Evaluation Application Form. Formulaire de demande du TQS is also available.
- Take steps to obtain the following documentation, which you will need to support your application:
- Evidence of a valid Alberta teaching authority
- Official documentation of your educational record from each educational institution that you have attended
- Official evidence of any name change that you have had
- Mail or deliver your completed application form, along with the required fee and as much supporting documentation as you have available, to the TQS office. Because the form must contain an original signature, applications submitted by photocopy, facsimile or e-mail are not acceptable and will not be processed.
- As the remainder of your supporting documentation becomes available, mail or deliver it to the TQS office. TQS cannot complete an evaluation until all documentation and the required evaluation fee have been received.
How much does a TQS evaluation cost?
| Type of Evaluation
| Each subsequent re-evaluation
| Certified copy of transcript on file
Payments can be made by cheque or money order in Canadian funds payable to the The Alberta Teachers’ Association. Cash is also accepted for walk-in applicants. For credit card payments, please contact TQS for instructions. Should you discontinue your evaluation request, a non-refundable fee of $20 will be retained and applied to future evaluation charges.
How long can it take to process an evaluation?
The length of time required to process an application is influenced by a number of factors. These factors include the following:
a) Are all the required sections of the application form complete, including the application fee?
A letter of deficiency is sent to the teacher listing the items that need to be provided before the evaluation can be processed. Teachers are encouraged to act on the deficiencies listed as soon as possible because the evaluation cannot proceed until all of the deficiencies are addressed.
b) Does the teacher have authority to teach in Alberta?
Proof of teaching authority in the form of a teaching certificate or Alberta letter of authority must be submitted before an application is evaluated. Alberta Education processes applications for teaching authority in Alberta and may experience processing delays depending on the volume of applications at any given time.
c) Are all the required original official transcripts submitted?
University policy and privacy regulations require the teacher to apply for official transcripts. You can ask the university to send the official transcript directly to TQS. TQS does not accept certified copies or fax or e-mail copies of documents. It may take a number of weeks before the university processes a transcript request and the transcript is received by TQS.
d) Does the application include studies from multiple institutions or international institutions?
All postsecondary courses included in an evaluation have to be evaluated according to the 19 principles in the Principles for the Evaluation of Years of Teacher Education for Salary Purposes established by the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board (TSQB). The evaluator will ensure that the course content in one course does not duplicate other courses submitted for evaluation. Studies from non-accredited and/or international institutions require the evaluator to conduct additional research during the evaluation process. The more complicated the evaluation, the more time it will take to process.
e) What is the volume of applications being handled by TQS?
At certain times of the year, such as late summer and fall TQS receives a large volume of applications for evaluation. Applications received at times when there is a high volume of files within the service will take longer to process because there are six staff trained to evaluate TQS applications. It takes approximately two and a half years of specialized on-site training and experience to become a qualified evaluator. As well, in recent years, TQS has observed an increase in the number of applications that include studies in multiple institutions and/or international institutions, which increases the time required to evaluate these applications.
When should I apply for my transcripts and why does it take so long to receive them?
Teachers should apply for a university transcript once their official grades are posted. If you apply before the end of the term, the transcript will not contain the official final course grades. Some universities have a backlog of transcript requests, and it may take weeks to process a transcript request. Receiving transcripts from overseas postsecondary institutions may take even longer.
Why does TQS not accept documents by e-mail or by fax?
All documents submitted for evaluation must be originals so that authenticity can be determined.
My Statement of Qualifications states that I have 5.5 years of teacher education. Why did my school board place me at 5 years on the salary grid?
All collective agreements in Alberta stipulate that teachers are placed on the salary grid according to the highest completed year of teacher education. In your case you would need to complete additional courses to add 0.5 years of teacher education to be placed at 6 years on the salary grid.
Requirements for teacher certification have recently been standardized across most Canadian provinces. Why is my evaluation for years of teacher education different from my previous province?
The principles for evaluation of teacher education for the purposes of determining placement on the salary grid are developed for each province through negotiation between the teachers’ association or union and the employing school boards. Each province has its own process for negotiating collective agreements; therefore, it is not possible to standardize placement on the salary grid.