The BC Notary Public stands proudly among all legal professionals, a combination of integrity, experience in business, and specialized legal education.
BC Notary career training involves an intensive, multi-phased program that combines a in-class and on-line learning administered by The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia —in partnership with Simon Fraser University. Students are required to obtain a Masters Degree in Applied Legal Studies from SFU and complete an intense, in-person practical training program from BC Notaries. The combination of courses focuses on the academic and practical aspects of those areas of law applicable to the practice of a Notary Public.
At the end of the academic and practical training phases of the course, students are required to write and pass a series of six statutory admission examinations set by a Board of Examiners appointed by the Attorney General of British Columbia.
Once a notary student has completed all of the training requirements, candidates attend to take the required Oath of Office before a Judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Once the Oath is administered, candidates are granted membership in The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia.
The following awards are offered annually by the Notary Foundation to students who excel in specific area of the statutory examinations of the BC Notary Preparatory Course:
- Dr. Bernard W. Hoeter Award is awarded to the student achieving the highest marks on all Notarial Statutory examinations.
- Stanley J. Nicol Award is awarded to the student achieving the highest mark in Notarial Procedures examinations.
- Prof. Robert Reid Award is awarded to the student achieving the highest mark in Property examination.