Maintenance of Certification

The National Board’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) is the pathway for National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) to keep their certification active. Successfully meeting MOC requirements will extend an NBCT’s certificate five years from their current certificate’s expiration date. The MOC process is designed based on best assessment practices and by teachers to ensure that NBCTs continue to grow professionally while substantially impacting student learning.


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 surveys, the average time to complete MOC is 60 hours.

Over 99% of NBCTs successfully demonstrate they are maintaining certification.

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