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.

Changes to Teacher Salary Qualifications Principles

Deadline for no-cost re-evaluations: January 31, 2020

Please note the following changes to the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board Principles for the Evaluation of Years of Teacher Education for Salary Purposes effective July 1, 2019:

Subsections c) and d) of Principle 2.01, which deals with recognized institutions, have been amended to read

c) recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country or is listed in the Association of Commonwealth Universities publications, or

d) recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country or is listed in the International Association of Universities publications, or

If you have been previously denied credit under Principle 2.01.c) d), you may submit a TQS application for re-evaluation at no cost until January 31, 2020. Please make sure to indicate the reason for re-evaluation in section J. Review of the TQS Application Form. Applications for re-evaluation after January 31, 2020, will be accepted subject to the regular fee, as outlined in section F. Application Fee of the TQS Application Guide Book.

It is the responsibility of the teacher to ascertain if changes of principles and their application may affect the evaluation of qualifications for salary purposes.

For more information, please contact TQS at 1-800-232-7208.