One of the provisions won in the 2015 settlements of the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA), Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA), Secondary Principals' Collective Agreement (SPCA), and Area School Principal’s Collective Agreement (ASPCA) was that the Ministry of Education would pay all practising certificate fees for teachers and principals covered by these agreements.
If you are covered by the STCA and your practising certificate expires before the 31st October 2018, your fee will be paid by the Ministry of Education directly to the Education Council.
If you are covered by the ASTCA and your practising certificate expires before the 7th April 2019, your fee will be paid by the Ministry of Education directly to the Education Council.
You will still need to apply for renewal of your practising certificate (Form E30). Your application will need to include an exemption form signed by you and your principal confirming that you are entitled to have the cost of your practising certificate fee paid by the Ministry. The Education Council will process your application and the Ministry of Education will pay the renewal fee. Here is the relevant form:
Confirmation of teacher eligibility for exemption from the payment of the Education Council practising certificate fee (pdf on Education Council website)
If your practising certificate expires after the 31st October or you are applying for your first practising certificate, your fee is no longer covered by the STCA paid by the Ministry of Education, and you will need to pay it yourself.
If your practising certificate expires after the 7th April 2019, your fee is no longer covered by the ASTCA paid by the Ministry of Education, and you will need to pay it yourself.
We are in the process of negotiating the next STCA (and soon the next ASTCA and SPCA) with the government, and part of our claim is that the Ministry once again cover practicing fees. Although we can't promise anything at this stage, please keep your fees receipts because should we be successful, we will also argue for fee exemptions to be backdated, which could result in you being reimbursed.
Note: your fees receipt is on the bottom of the approval letter that a teacher receives once their practising certificate is renewed.