The Professional Qualification Program (PQP) has been developed by Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Teacher Certification Branch (TCB) of the BC Ministry of Education. 

This full-time, three semester program is for qualified teachers who are new to Canada and who require a particular orientation to the philosophies and practices of education in our local schools. The program offers sustained opportunities to explore BC public schools and assists in the adjustment and acculturation of these teachers to the BC school culture.

Familiarization programs are currently under review by the BCTC. Please continue to check this website regularly in order to get the most up-to-date information in the near future.


  • Length: 12 months (3 semesters)
  • Location: SFU Surrey campus (with some travel throughout the lower mainland)
  • Tuition: Approx. $8,000 ex. books (see student fees
  • Next Intake: January 2022
  • Applications Open: October 1, 2020
  • Applications Close: April 16, 2021 (Extended)