Eligibility and Application

First Steps to Becoming Certified

To be eligible for National Board Certification, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree (Exception: Career and Tech Ed teachers must have met the licensure requirements for the state);
  • Have completed three full years of teaching or school counseling; and
  • Possess a valid state teaching or school counseling license (Exception: If you are teaching where a license is not required, you have taught in schools recognized and approved to operate by the state).

Meet those three qualifications? Then your next step is to read the Guide to National Board Certification, which provides more in-depth information.