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Who is eligible for National Board Certification?
 Any individual who:
1. Holds a baccalaureate degree
2. Has taught for at least three years
3. Holds a valid state teaching license for the area in which s/he is teaching


What steps are necessary to achieve National Board Certification?
National Board candidates go through a two-part assessment that is based on the National Board standards and reflects a variety of teaching situations.
The candidate compiles a classroom performance portfolio that includes student work, videotapes, and other teaching exhibits. The portfolio includes commentaries about the goals and purposes of instruction and reflections on what occurred, the effectiveness of the practice, and the rationale for professional decisions. All entries are designed to help the candidate show evidence that he/she has met the standards in the classroom.
The candidate participates in exercises at a National Board Assessment Center. These exercises complement the portfolio and are organized around challenging teaching issues. The entire process occurs over most of the school year, taking approximately 200 hours or more.
Since the program began, nearly 500 Nevada teachers have earned the distinction of being National Board Certified. More than 118,000 teachers across the nation have completed this rigorous process.


How much does achieving National Board Certification cost?
The current registration fee is $1,900 ($475 per component, payable in 4 installments) plus a $75 nonrefundable processing charge.

Funding is available for Nevada candidates to help offset the cost of the assessment fee. This funding is made possible through a Federal Subsidy grant from the United States Department of Education.

Visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards website or the Northern Nevada Nationally Board Certified Teachers Cohort for more information.

National Board Certification

National Board Certification allows teachers to be recognized for their highly accomplished teaching practices. National Board Certification stimulates teachers to evaluate, reflect and grow as professional educators.

What is the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards?

The NBPTS board of directors, composed primarily of educators, has developed a system of advanced standards and assessments organized around Five Core Propositions:

  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  • Teachers are members of learning communities.

NBPTS has developed advanced standards based on these propositions in 25 certification fields.

Each set of standards represents a consensus in the certification field of what makes an accomplished teacher.


In 1983, a landmark report titled A Nation at Risk detailed a “rising tide of mediocrity” in education that threatened America’s future. 

In response, the Carnegie Forum on Education and the Economy convened a task force of policymakers, educators, teachers associations and business leaders.

In A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 21st Century, the task force called for strengthening standards in teaching and professionalizing the teaching workforce.

In 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was born. Governor James B. Hunt Jr. of North Carolina served as the first chair of NBPTS Board of Directors and former Ford Foundation executive, James A. Kelly, became the National Board’s first president.  


Established in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit organization working to advance accomplished teaching for all students.

The founding mission of the National Board is to advance the quality of teaching and learning by:

  1. Maintaining high and rigorous standards for what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do.
  2. Providing a national voluntary system certifying teachers who meet these standards.
  3. Advocating related education reforms to integrate National Board Certification in American education and to capitalize on the expertise of National Board Certified Teachers.


National Board staff partners with a community of educators across the country to advance our work. NB Connect and the National Board networks are primary ways that we engage with the broader community and share resources to help drive achieve our goals:

NBCT Networks work in tandem with the National Board to build accomplished teaching across the nation. The network identifies opportunities to broaden the influence of National Board Certified Teachers and expand their influence to reform education.

Each National Board Network offers a range of programs and activities best adapted to suit their local needs. Networks are a means to facilitate ongoing communication between the National Board and the NBCTs and other teacher leaders in the field.

NBConnect is an online community for advocates working to grow and support National Board’s mission to expand accomplished teaching across the country. 

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The Redesigning National Board Certification brief summarizes recent work completed to redesign the certification process for accomplished PreK-12 educators. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards© gathered educational specialists within five committees and engaged approximately 3,000 practitioners and pedagogical experts to analyze and improve the measurement of PreK-12 teaching practices and learning outcomes.1 The assembly of these individuals and the development of this publication took place in the whole and in part based on a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Please note that the contents of this report do not necessarily represent the policies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, nor do they reflect an endorsement made by this foundation.

Grounded in the National Board’s Five Core Propositions (see figure below) that describe what teachers should know and be able to do, the certification process is designed to collect standards-based evidence of accomplished practice. In all 25 certificate areas, candidates are required to complete four components. An assessment overview containing additional details can be found here.

Contact Information

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From June 16 through Labor day, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CST

Submit a Question Online

Submit your question using the National Board web form. You will receive an automated email with your assigned case number. Response times vary. Please allow up to 7 business days.

Request Your NBCT Certificate

To request your certificate, please complete and return the Certificate Request Form. 

National Board Main Office

1525 Wilson Blvd., Ste. 700
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 465-2700


More than a decade of research from across the country confirms that students taught by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) learn more than students taught by other teachers. Estimates of the increase in learning are on the order of an additional one to two months of instruction and the positive impact is even greater for high-need students.

Nevada Profile

The research is clear: Teaching is the most important school-related factor that determines student success. More than a decade of research confirms that National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) positively impact student learning. 

Nevada Fee Support

For first-time candidates, the Nevada Department of Education reimburses up to $1,500 of the certification fee based on the availability of funds. For more information please contact the Nevada Department of Education.