Continuing Your Journey

Once you've achieved national certification it doesn’t mean your journey is over. There are a number of ways you can continue your journey, including:

  • Recruiting other candidates, being a mentor or providing professional development.

  • Growing the NBCNY network by creating an active NBC Cohort in your region.

  • Attending NBPTS and/ NEA Jump Start Facilitator Training.  

  • Renewing your certification.

  • Teaching at the graduate level ).

  • Collaborating with institutions of higher education to incorporate the work of NBPTS in pre-service and promoting teacher leadership.

  • Staying active on the NBPTS NBCT webpage or NBCNY FB page

  • Continuing your learning in teacher leadership 

  • Applying for New York State Teacher of the Year (a program that recognizes and celebrates outstanding teachers throughout New York State. Great opportunity and prizes).

  • Being a voice in your union.

  • Writing for a professional journal (See NYSUTs Educator's Voice).

Renew Your National Board Certification

National Board Certification is valid for a period of 10 years and must be renewed prior to the expiration of your most recent certification. As your 10 year certification window closes, you will be given two chances for renewal. The first will be late in the eighth year of your certification and the second will occur late in your ninth year. The cost for renewal is $1,250. You can access your renewal application by logging into MyProfile on the NBPTS website.


Maintenance of Certification (MOC)National Board has revised its policy from renewal to maintenance of certification (MOC). This will require Board-certified teachers to demonstrate their knowledge and skills every five years in order to keep their certificate current. This change will take effect for candidates who certify in 2017 and later. As such, the first cycle of MOC will be 2020-2021. Visit the National Board website to see how this transition will affect how you extend your certificate.


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