Alberta’s government is launching a Teacher and Teacher Leader Registry on September 1, 2022. The registry will show the professional standing of all Alberta certificated teachers and teacher leaders.

Included in the registry

Parents and students deserve to know about serious disciplinary issues and how decisions are made.

The registry will include:

  • information about the professional standing of Alberta certificated teachers and teacher leaders who hold a certificate, or once held a certificate dating back to 1954
  • Information such as all legal names, the date a certificate was issued or reissued, and the type of certificate issued (teaching, leadership or superintendent leadership certificate) will also be included
  • any decisions from a hearing committee, appeal committee and/or the minister decision in situations where a certificate has been suspended or cancelled for unprofessional conduct or professional incompetence, dating back to 1990

Exemptions

The government is notifying all teachers and teacher leaders about the registry and how to apply for an exemption.

Teachers and teacher leaders applying to receive an exemption before the launch of the registry on September 1, 2022, should submit their applications before July 29, 2022. Applications received after this date will still be considered but may still result in the public posting of information in the online registry on September 1, 2022.

After the registry launches on September 1, 2022, an exemption request can still be made at any time. Exemption requests received after July 29, 2022, will be reviewed and considered. If the registrar grants an exemption after a teacher or teacher leader’s information is already in the online registry, it will be removed effective the date of the registrar’s decision.

Exemption decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be rare. Reasons for an exemption may include:

  • a disclosure does not align with another enactment in Alberta or Canada
  • an order is issued by a court to not make information public
  • such a disclosure could cause injury or hardship to a person

Teachers and teacher leaders can visit the Teacher Workforce Information System (TWINS) for more information.

Resources

Contact

Connect with the Office of the Registrar if you have any questions about the exemption application process:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2045
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: [email protected]

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