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 B.C. 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.   

The PQP has been approved by the TCB and meets their familiarization and updating requirements. Eligible applicants need to evaluated by the TCB and recommended to complete the PQP at SFU.

Find out more about the TCB evaluation process by attending a TCB information session.


  • 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)