The complete National Board Certification process includes a portfolio of classroom practice and an assessment of content knowledge. Together, these represent 10 separate activities in which candidates provide evidence of accomplished teaching and positively impacting student learning. The portfolio and the assessment center exercises are not designed to be completed in a specific order; however, most candidates do elect to work on the portfolio entries first.
The NBPTS portfolio consists of four entries. Portfolio kits are mailed to candidates upon receipt of the completed application, $65 application fee and non-refundable initial $500 payment.
The NBPTS Assessment Center provides resources to help prepare for the 30-minute written exercises.
Assessment Center Resource Handbook for Candidates Pursuing Certification Through NBPTS (PDF)
This 58-page handbook is produced by the Washington Education Association and includes tips on how to prepare for the assessment center exercises.