When Chogyal Tenzin debuted as a teacher in Jigme Sherubling High School in July 1986, it was the start of his lifetime service in the education system in Bhutan spanning over 35 years.  He worked as Principal for 24 years and another eight years as Computer Coordinator with Bhutan Board of Examinations (presently renamed as BCSEA), Project Officer for Assessment with the Royal Education Council (then under His Majesty’s Secretariat), Chief Programme Officer in the Office of the Gyalpoi Zimpon and Professional Manager with Armed Forces School Project. 

Armed with an M.Ed from the University of New Brunswick (Canada), he headed many schools as Headmaster and Principal – Lamidara Junior High School (1988 – 1990), Pemagatshel Junior High School (1990 – 1994), Nganglam High School (1994 – 1998), Kelki HSS (1999 – 2003), Kuengaa HSS (2013 – 2016), Tenzin HSS (2017 – 2018), and Kelki School (2019 – 2021).  He is presently heading Utpal Academy in Paro.

During his service he travelled extensively to Canada, Singapore, India and Switzerland to visit high-end schools and topnotch educational institutes and interacted with numerous seasoned school principals and education professionals.