Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham

Certification

Who Does What?

  • Universities issue credits and degrees.
  • The Ontario College of Teachers issues your Certificate of Qualifications.
  • OSSTF determines your pay group through a Certification Rating Statement.
  • Your collective agreement with your employer determines your actual pay.

 

How it works:

  • OSSTF determines your pay group based on your academic background and trade records and issues you a Certification Rating Statement (CRS).
  • Until Steven Grimes receives your CRS, you will be paid at Group 1, Year 0.
  • It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to inform Steven Grimes of your appropriate Group.

 

Where do I find the OSSTF Certification forms?

 

Steps for Group Upgrading

  • Submit form #1 or #2 along with any required documentation to OSSTF.
  • Send a Pending Letter to Steven Grimes, Supervisor for Employee Relations at the Board.
  • When you receive your new Certification Rating Statement, forward a copy to Steven Grimes, Supervisor for Employee Relations at the Board so that you can be paid at your new rate.
 

Course Approvals

  • If you are planning on taking a course in order to upgrade, make sure the course will count before you take it. Simply submit certification form #3 to see if a course will be accepted in order to help you upgrade. The turnaround on this form is faster than a full evaluation and can save you a lot of money.

 

Important Dates

  • Last school day in December: If you finish the course in the summer before school starts be sure to submit your pending letter by the last school day in December to guarantee retro payment back to the start of the school year.  
  • May 31st: If you finish the course by January 31st be sure to submit your pending letter by May 31st to guarantee retro payment back to the start of semester                                                                                            

 

Below are some FAQs:

Q:      I just finished my Honours Specialist. What happens now?

A:     If you have recently taken your Honours specialist you will need to be re-evaluated by provincial OSSTF's certification department in order to obtain a new rating statement.  Complete a form    #2.

Meanwhile, send a pending letter to Steven Grimes at the DDSB once you have finished your course. The letter should state that you have finished the course and have made application to OSSTF for a new rating statement. See the attachment below for a sample pending letter. Once your rating statement arrives, be sure to submit a copy to the board, then and only then will you receive an increase in pay

If you finish the course in the summer before school starts be sure to submit your pending letter by the last school day in December to guarantee retro payment back to the start of the school year.  

If you finish the course by January 31st, be sure to submit your pending letter by May 31st, to guarantee retro payment back to the start of semester 2.

Q:    I would like to take a course to upgrade to the next pay grid. How do I know which course I need?

A:   If you are planning on taking a course in order to upgrade, make sure the course will count before you take it.  Simply submit certification form #3 to see if a course will be accepted in order to help you upgrade.  The turnaround on this form is faster than a full evaluation and can save you a lot of money.

 

Remember: once you receive your new certification statement from Provincial OSSTF, you must submit this to the Board otherwise there will be no record of your new rating and you will not be paid accordingly!

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