After conducting certification rating statements for members for approximately 60 years, OSSTF/FEESO Certification will be transferring to the Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO). Delegates at the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Assembly (AMPA) 2019 approved the move in March, subject to final Provincial Executive approval.
Steps are underway to implement a Certification system transfer process. OSSTF/FEESO and QECO certification regulations regarding the placement of teachers in groups or categories are similar, however the systems and processes are quite distinct, and the transition will require a great deal of planning. Due to the complexities and scope of such a transfer, the move to QECO certification will happen in stages. During the initial phases of the process, OSSTF/FEESO members will continue to apply for OSSTF/FEESO Certification rating statements.
Until further notice, members applying for an OSSTF/FEESO certification rating statement or re-evaluation must continue to do so using the forms available on the OSSTF/FEESO website. During the transfer and digitization of files, some information may be inaccessible for a number of days. Members are encouraged to apply for rating statements and group changes as soon as possible, keeping in mind the deadlines that apply at their particular school board. While timelines are difficult to predict, the transfer to QECO will be complete when collective agreements are up to date and reflect QECO certification language: there can be no guarantees until this final stage of the process is complete.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when we switch to QECO?
For now, OSSTF/FEESO members apply for OSSTF/FEESO rating statements. Once staff and technology have transferred to QECO, OSSTF/FEESO members will apply for an OSSTF/FEESO rating statement through QECO’s website. Members will be advised and provided with more information when the transition is imminent.
If I want to take a course this summer, should I go by OSSTF/FEESO regulations or QECO regulations?
We cannot predict how long the transfer process will take, especially as collective agreement language would have to change in order for QECO ratings to take effect. In the meantime, we always encourage self-directed PD. If you want to take an AQ/ABQ course, base your decision on whether or not you are doing so out of interest or because of the requirement to move to a higher pay group or category, with the knowledge that change is coming.
Will I keep my current rating?
While negotiations have not yet determined language to guarantee your current rating statement, OSSTF/FEESO would not agree to any change that would negatively impact OSSTF/FEESO member certification ratings.
Will I need to apply for a QECO rating statement if I am already in Group 4?
Those members who have a Group 4 OSSTF/FEESO rating statement would not require a Category 4 QECO rating statement unless they are reapplying to have an additional graduate degree recognized for salary purposes, depending on their local collective agreement.
When is this happening?
As noted above, we cannot predict the timelines for the transfer to QECO to be complete. Files are being digitized, IT and staff are getting organized, and the final step will take place once collective agreements reflecting QECO language are ratified. Until further notice, continue to contact OSSTF/FEESO with your Certification questions and to access application forms.