For NBCT Candidates
Welcome to the National Board Certification Process—a challenging and rewarding opportunity for professional development! Here you will find the information you need to assist you as you work to achieve National Board Certification.
NBPTS offers certification in 25 certificate areas. This NBPTS resource offers information regarding all certificate areas as well as downloadable versions of standards and portfolio instructions.
OSPI partners with several universities, districts, ESD’s and Education
Associations throughout the state to support candidates through the
Candidates can register online at www.boardcertifiedteachers.org until
January 31, 2017.
- Click on the ‘Get Started’ tab.
- Read the Guide to National Board Certification
- Click on the ‘Apply Now’ tab
- Create a new account or log-in with your existing account if you are a returning user.
*Registering as a candidate for the National Board process does not automatically register you for any support options. Any additional support requires separate registration through the sponsoring organization.
April 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017|
|Fee Payment Deadline||January
|Change of Certificate and/or Specialty Area||
January 31, 2017|
|Change of Component Selection||
January 31, 2017|
|ePortfolio Submission Window||
April – May 2017|
|Withdrawal Deadline||January 31,
|Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing Window||
April – June 2017|
On or before December 31, 2017|
Yes, a candidate can choose to submit anywhere from one to four components in a given year. All four components must be initially submitted within the first three years of candidacy.
Annual Registration Fee: $75 non-refundable
Component Fee: $475 per component
Components 2, 3, and 4 - $475 per retake attempt per component
Component 1 - $125 per exercise and/or the Selected Response section
Optional (unless a conditional loan recipient) Cohort Support Fees: please refer directly to the cohort for their fee requirements.
Optional Jump Start Fees: $100 - $600 depending on WEA membership status
To be eligible for the National Board Certification process, a candidate must:
- Hold a Bachelor’s Degree*;
- Have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling; and
- Possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license.
*CTE teachers are not required to hold a Bachelor’s Degree unless it is required for their state’s licensure.
Per the NBPTS Guide to Certification, scores will be reported no later than December 31st of any year. For example, scores for 2014-15 candidates will be reported by December 31, 2015. When scores are reported, candidates will receive a score for each component attempted, as well as information to assist a candidate in making decisions on whether or not to retake any components.
Candidates must attempt each of the four components within their first three
years of candidacy. Candidates will have up to an additional two years to retake
any component (or sections of Component 1) during the total five year window.
These two years do not have to be concurrent or consecutive. A candidate can
choose to take a “gap” year in which they do not complete any components,
however, it does not extend their total five year window.
- Washington State offers a conditional loan to cover $1,425 of the $1,900 assessment fee.
- Through corporate and foundation partners, NBPTS is periodically able to offer scholarships. Scholarship eligibility guidelines are set by the funding organization. More information can be found on the NBPTS website.
- The NEA offers loans to members pursuing National Board Certification, as part of benefits to NEA members. Learn more at NEA Member Benefits.
All WA state candidates have access to support from OSPI approved cohorts throughout the state. View the list of approved cohorts.
WEA offers an intensive seminar called JumpStart, geared for teachers pursuing National Board certification. Learn more on the WEA website.
*Please note that any conditional loan recipients are required to register with an OSPI approved cohort per component and complete a Foundations course. (WEA JumpStart meets the requirements for the Foundations course).
*Registering for any support options does not automatically register you as a candidate directly with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Yes, OSPI offers clock hours to candidates for both completion and certification; 45 clock hours for certification and 45 clock hours for completion.
Candidates may be eligible for additional clock hours for attending cohort meetings or WEA JumpStart events. Any additional clock hours come from the sponsoring organization and not from OSPI.
Professional Certification is required for any Residency Certificate holder. WA State does honor a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and Professional Certification is granted upon National Board certification. More information is available on the OSPI Certification website.
Yes, educators may add endorsements to their WA certificate via the National Board process. The subject area or grade level indicated on a National Board certificate must be comparable to one of the Washington endorsement areas. More information is available on the OSPI certification website.
More information about the NBPTS Certification Process can be found at www.boardcertifiedteachers.org.