As an Ontario teacher, an individualized credential evaluation/certification will determine your placement on the salary grid.
Who completes the evaluation?
The Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) evaluates teacher academic credentials for salary purposes. They are governed by the four teacher affiliates (AEFO, ETFO, OECTA and OSSTF) and their evaluations are recognized by all Ontario school boards.
When to apply for evaluation
As a teacher candidate, you can apply for an initial QECO evaluation within 4 months of being certified by the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). (This means that if you are certified at the end of June, you are eligible for evaluation until the end of October even if you haven’t been hired yet.)
If you do not apply within the first 4 months of being certified, you must be a member of AEFO, ETFO, OECTA or OSSTF in order to apply for a QECO evaluation.
How to apply for evaluation
The QECO Evaluation application is available at apps.qeco.on.ca. Applicants must submit official hard-copy transcripts for all post-secondary studies completed.
Once your evaluation is complete, you will receive the results electronically. It is your responsibility to submit these results to your employer – QECO will not send them to your employer on your behalf. (Note that if your employer does not receive your salary category results from you, you will automatically be paid at the lowest salary level.)
How are applicants evaluated
Teachers who are (expect to be) teaching in a public elementary school, Catholic elementary school or Catholic secondary school will be evaluated against QECO’s evaluation charts.
Teachers who are (expect to be) teaching in a public secondary school will be evaluated against OSSTF’s certification charts until further notice.
How to learn more
QECO typically provides an information session to teacher candidates in Year 2 of the program – see their January 2020 presentation here.