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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.

Certificate Areas
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.

Candidate Support
OSPI partners with several universities, districts, ESD's and Education Associations throughout the state to support candidates through the certification process.


How do I register to be a National Board candidate?
Candidates can register online at until February 28, 2019.

  • 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.

What is the registration timeline?
Registration WindowApril 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019
Fee Payment DeadlineFebruary 28, 2019
Change of Certificate and/or Specialty AreaFebruary 28, 2019
Change of Component SelectionFebruary 28, 2019
ePortfolio Submission WindowApril - May 2019
Withdrawal DeadlineFebruary 28, 2019
Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing WindowApril - June 15, 2019
Scores ReleasedOn or before December 31, 2019

Are candidates able to submit all four components in one year?
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.

What are the fees associated with the revised assessment?
Annual Registration Fee: $75 non-refundable
Component Fee: $475 per component
Retake Fee:

    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

What are the eligibility requirements for completing the National Board process?
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.

When are scores announced?
Per the NBPTS Guide to Certification, scores will be reported no later than December 31st of any year. For example, scores for 2016-17 candidates will be reported by December 31, 2017. 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.

How is the retake process structured?
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. 

Is there funding assistance for the National Board process?

  • 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

What support options are available for candidates pursuing National Board certification?
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.

Does OSPI offer clock hours for both completion and certification of the National Board certification process? If so, how many hours will be awarded?
Yes, OSPI offers clock hours to candidates for both completion and certification; 45 clock hours for certification and 45 clock hours for completion.

OSPI receives an official 'completer' list from NBPTS and mails out clock hour forms accordingly. The completer list received from NBPTS verifies that a candidate has submitted all 4 scorable components over the course of their candidacy. The first set of clock hours for completion of the process are mailed to the home address a candidate has on file with NBPTS in Fall once OSPI receives the completer list. We are usually able to work with NBPTS to receive the list and issue the clock hours right before the salary cut off.

The second set of clock hours for certification are mailed after score release and the NBPTS national Certification Day. National Certification Day is when score results (not scores) become public information. Typically, this means that certification clock hours are mailed to the home address on file with NBPTS in January.​

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.

Is National Board an option for teachers needing Professional Certification?
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.

Is it possible to add an endorsement to my WA state teaching certificate via the National Board process?
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


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Helpful Documents for Prospective Candidates

Need to know important dates and deadlines? Check out our Initial Candidate Checklist!

Need to know how to register for individual components? Here is a step by step guide to help you.

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