Fact Sheet – Teacher

 Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Teacher (K-12)
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4031 Secondary School Teachers
4032 Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers


Regulated title:

Not applicable.

Professional certification:

  • Permanent Professional Certificate; or
  • Provisional Professional Certificate


  • 1 (lowest) – 7 (highest)

Application Process (for certification):

Credential assessment:

  • Effective July 1, 2016, the Professional Certification and Student Records Unit refers internationally-educated applicants to World Education Services (WES) for purposes of degree verification and course-by-course assessment.  WES is a member of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).
  • WES is not a regulatory body.
  • For details see Overview of the Application Process. Prospective applicants must contact PCSRU for details.
  • To be eligible for professional certification, IETs must hold an academic credential which the PCSRU determines to be equivalent to a Bachelor of Education awarded in Manitoba/Canada.

Language proficiency (for certification):

  • See PCSRU Language Requirements
    • While there is no specific language requirement for certification purposes, to gain employment in a Manitoba public school applicants must demonstrate a suitably professional level of English (or, where applicable) French language proficiency.

Manitoba post-secondary institutions:

Professional competency profiles:

  • Not available


Membership associations:

  • Upon employment in a K-12 Manitoba public school, membership is mandatory in two associations:

Essential skills profiles:

Job Bank provides Essential Skills Profiles for over 350 occupations.  Each profile describes how individuals apply the Nine Literacy and Essential Skills in the workplace.  The nine skills are Reading, Document Use, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication, Thinking, Digital Technology, and Additional Information.

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

To search job postings in any occupation visit:

  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated teacher may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations working with children and youth in education settings.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification (e.g. First Aid/CPR Certificate).  Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants (TA)/ Educational assistants (EA)
4216 Private tutors and other instructors
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities
5254 Program leaders & instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness
5252 Coaches (sports/athletic)
4412 Respite workers, home support workers (Open NOC 4412 see ‘View all titles’)
4212 Social and community service workers
1411 General office support workers (schools, school division offices)
6541 School crossing guard (Open NOC 6541 see ‘View all titles’)
7512 School bus driver (Open NOC 7512 see ‘View all titles’)

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.