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Teacher Qualifications Service

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Teacher Qualifications Service

Teacher candidates should apply to the Teacher Qualifications Service to have their years of education assessed for salary purposes. The Teacher Qualifications Service is an independent agency separate to the Alberta Teachers' Association and the Alberta School Boards Association.

The Teacher Qualifications Service (TQS) is the agency in Alberta responsible for evaluating a teacher's years of education for salary purposes. All public, separate and francophone school boards in the province as well as some private boards accept evaluations issued by the TQS for the purpose of helping to determine a teacher's placement on the salary grid. School boards use a teacher's TQS evaluation (which is based on years of acceptable education), along with an assessment of the teacher's years of teaching experience (as governed by the relevant collective agreement), to ascertain a teacher's ultimate placement on the salary grid.

How do I contact TQS?

Hours of Operation

From September to June, TQS is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During July and August, TQS is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

TQS is closed on statutory holidays.


The TQS office is located on the third floor of Barnett House, 11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton.

Mailing Address

All correspondence to the TQS should be addressed as follows:

Teacher Qualifications Service, Alberta Teachers' Association, 11010 142 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5N 2R1.



780-447-9400 (from Edmonton or area) or 1-800-232-7208 (from elsewhere in Alberta)



For more information about TQS, forms and documents, the statement of qualifications, reassessment of additional studies and the evaluation process, visit the Teacher Qualifications Service page on the Alberta Teachers' Association website.