ProCert is designed as a performance and evidence based process.
Therefore, administrators should be engaged in an appropriate
administrative role in order to effectively demonstrate their practice
is at the professional level.
Basically, a residency certificate is valid for 5 years from when the
administrator completes two years of service in the role. Please use the
following chart to determine if your position constitutes "serving in
the role" for purpose of enrollment in ProCert. Please note: if you are not "serving in the role" by the
following definitions and therefore still have an undated residency
certificate, you may be able to still apply for enrollment into a
ProCert program if you and the program feel you can demonstrate the
As of January 2010, administrators holding a residency principal
certificate but working as a program administrator may choose to enroll
in a ProCert program to earn a professional program administrator
certificate. Should the administrator later qualify for a principal
ProCert program, the "second" ProCert program will be shortened to two
requirements: successful completion of the Product 1 narrative and a
panel presentation on Standard 2 at the met or exemplary levels. These
two requirements are in place for all administrators who hold a
professional administrator certificate in one role who later complete a
ProCert program for the second administrative role.
Am I Serving in the Role - Principal (PDF)
Am I Serving in the Role - Program Administrator (PDF)