Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario (QECO) was created in the 1969-1970 school year by ETFO, AEFO and OECTA to provide an equitable evaluation plan for teacher salary recognition based solely on specific academic criteria. The QECO evaluation of degree holding teachers who are members of one of the above-mentioned affiliates can result in one of four category placements: Category A1 through Category A4.
Once an eligible teacher is evaluated based on the academic criteria of Program 5, a Statement of Evaluation is issued by QECO to the teacher. That Statement of Evaluation must be submitted to the school board by the teacher for appropriate salary category placement. All degree holding teachers must be evaluated by QECO to be considered for a placement beyond Category A1 by their school board.
Be mindful of any school board deadlines and apply early since a QECO evaluation may take several weeks to complete, especially during the fall and spring.
ETFO teacher members are reminded that it is their individual responsibility to keep QECO apprised of any additions to their qualifications. QECO conducts category evaluations based on the formal instructions of the teacher as verified by a completed application.
Changes over time can occur:
These and other changes can all have an influence on teachers' upgrading routes.
QECO strongly urges all who have not yet reached Category A4 to formally apply for upgrading advice or for re-evaluation
on a yearly basis to ensure they are following the most expedient route to a higher category. This advice is particularly important to teachers whose academic qualifications were obtained outside of Ontario.
Applying for upgrading advice can only be of advantage to a teacher; it will never result in a lower qualification evaluation.
The instructions for obtaining a QECO evaluation can vary based on whether a teacher is a first-time applicant, requesting a category change, etc. Instructions for obtaining a QECO evaluation can be found at:
As of February 1, 2018, QECO no longer accepts paper applications. The application process for a QECO evaluation is now fully electronic. QECO’s electronic application can be found at:
Please note that original transcripts required for category evaluation are to be mailed to QECO’s new address, which is:
Qualifications Evaluation Council of Ontario10 Alcorn Avenue, Suite 100Toronto, ON M4V 3A9416-323-19691-800-385-1030www.qeco.on.ca
Note: As of May 1, 2018, QECO will no longer be providing documents (e.g., Statements of Evaluation, Acknowledgement of Correspondence cards, etc.) by Canada Post. Teachers are now able to log into their QECO accounts at
https://applications.qeco.on.ca/ and can print documents to provide them to their employer.