Maintaining your Certification

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The National Board’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process is designed based on best assessment practices and by teachers to ensure that National Board Certified Teachers continue to grow professionally while maintaining a strong impact on student learning.

MOC is the pathway for NBCTs to keep their certification active. Successfully meeting MOC requirements will extend an NBCT’s certificate by five years from their current certificate’s expiration date.

The MOC process was a great way for me to reflect on myself as an NBCT since certification in 2017. I am encouraged to better myself as an educator and teacher mentor.

Kayla Shulte, NBCT, North Carolina

MOC Facts:

MOC costs $495 plus a $75 registration fee. This cost is consistent with the National Board’s commitment to making all aspects of the National Board certification process as flexible, affordable and accessible as possible for our country’s diverse educators.

Based on NBCTs who demonstrated they were
maintaining certification in the 2020 pilot study, MOC generally took between 34-60 hours to complete.

We expect that over 90% of NBCTs will successfully
demonstrate they are maintaining certification based on success rates from the basis of MOC.

NBCTs must successfully complete MOC every five years to keep their certification active.