Exams, Certificates & High School Credit Options

Non-VCM Exams

Students may prepare for exams of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto), which are regularly conducted in Victoria. Students are responsible for advising the instructor at the beginning of the year of their intent to take RCM exams to ensure proper preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to apply to RCM Examinations by the appropriate deadlines. It may also be possible for students to prepare for exams from other institutions. Please discuss well in advance with the instructor.

Students seeking high school credits for music exams should consult with their school guidance counsellor for further details.
Please visit the Ministry of Education website for more information.

Requirements are as follows:

Certificates at the VCM are available in the following:

Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (AVCM)
Students may apply to become an Associate of the Victoria Conservatory of Music (AVCM) and receive a certificate with one of the following designations: AVCM (instrument) Teaching; AVCM (instrument) Performance; or AVCM Collaborative Piano. Certificates are presented at Awards Day.

To be eligible students must successfully complete:

  • VCM Pedagogy and Literature Course including all prerequisites and co-requisites for the discipline (AVCM in Teaching)
  • Grade 11 Performance examination in instrument or voice, including all prerequisites and co-requisites for the discipline (AVCM in Performance)
  • Grade 11 Performance examination in Piano, including all prerequisites and co-requisites for the discipline and a Collaborative Piano public recital (AVCM in Collaborative)

The AVCM Teaching Certificate is recognized by the Provincial Council of the British Columbia Registered Music Teachers Association.

Exam and Assessment Fees

Grade 11 AVCM Recital Fee $300