1. Eligibility for Category 5+
a. An employee with a Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) Category 5 and an additional 30 semester credits, or equivalent, as accepted by TQS;
i. Credits must be equivalent to standards in British Columbia’s public universities in the opinion of the TQS.
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ii. Credits must be in no more than two (2) areas of study relevant to the British Columbia public school system.
iii. At least 24 semester credits of the total requirement of 30 semester credits, or equivalent, must be completed at the senior level.
b. Post undergraduate diplomas agreed to by the TQS; or
c. Other courses or training recognized by the TQS.
2. Criteria for Category 5+
a. The eligibility requirements pursuant to Article B.12.1 must not have been used to obtain Category 5.
3. Salary Rate Calculation
a. Category 5+ shall be seventy-four percent (74%) of the difference between Category 5 and Category 6 except where a superior salary rate calculation remained as at March 31, 2006 and / or during the term of the 2006-2011 Provincial Collective Agreement.
4. Application for Category 5+
a. BCPSEA and the BCTF agree that the TQS shall be responsible for the evaluation of eligibility and criteria for Category 5+ pursuant to Article B.12.1 and Article B.12.2 and the assignment of employees to Category 5+.
b. BCPSEA and the BCTF agree that disputes with respect to the decisions of TQS made pursuant to Article B.12.1 and Article B.12.2 shall be adjudicated through the TQS Reviews and Appeals processes and are not grievable.