National Board Certification Support

Welcome to NCAE National Board Certification Support Information Central! 

Interested in pursuing National Board Certification, but not sure what it’s all about?  Already a candidate, and wondering what support is available?  NCAE is here to help!  Check out all of the support sessions workshops available to support you!

About Initial National Board Certification

The 2016-17 school year is the first year in which initial candidates are eligible to complete the process in one school year, as all four components are now available.  However, we recommend that you weigh all of your options with regards to your candidacy, in order to determine the best time frame and course of action for your journey to National Board Certification before committing to all four components in one year.

Need more information?  Please visit  There, you can find the standards for each certificate area, as well as the actual component instructions for each of the four components.  You’ll also find the NBPTS Guide to Certification, which is quite helpful in understanding the process and scoring.

About National Board Certification Renewal

If you certified in November 2008 or November 2009, the 2017-18 school year is your opportunity to renew your National Board Certification!  (If you’re wondering when you renew, please click here to visit the renewal calendar from NBPTS.)  As a renewal candidate, you’ll complete the Profile of Professional Growth.  You have up to two attempts at renewal, which you can discover more about by reviewing the NBPTS publication Renewal at a Glance.

Need more information?  Please visit the Renewal Resources & Forms section on the website.  There you will find the most up-to-date standards for your certificate area, as well as more information regarding the renewal process.

NCAE NBC Support Sessions

The NCAE Center for Instructional Advocacy works to ensure that our support sessions are focused on candidates.  We work to ensure our sessions are targeted to meet the needs of candidates, based on the experiences of almost two decades of work in coaching candidates for initial and renewal of National Board Certification.  Our candidate coaches are trained in ethical candidate coaching and support, and are ready to work with you as you begin or continue your journey to National Board Certification.

This year, we’ve worked to ensure most of our sessions are focused on a more regionalized basis.  We’ve also partnered with the Northeast Network of NBCTs and Friends to ensure that there’s support for candidates all the way from Murphy to Manteo!  Please see below for information on support sessions throughout the 2016-17 school year.

Spring Regional National Board Support Sessions

Please make sure you review the type of National Board Support seminar(s) you sign up for this spring.  Unsure of which NCAE Region you’re in?  Click here for the NCAE Regional Map.  Locations are begin finalized and will be updated and will be included on confirmation e-mails.  Also, if you’re in Regions 7A & 7B, thanks to our great partnership with the Northeast Network of NBCTs and Friends, you’ll have access to TWO sets of support sessions throughout Region 7!

NCAE NBC Spring Seminar I Reading & Coaching with NBCTs

Spring Seminar I will begin at 9AM with Registration

A Deep Dive into Component 1, E-Portfolio Q &A, and Reading/Coaching and Working with NBCTs until 4PM

  • Region 7A & 7B
    • March 10            White Oak Elementary School, Edenton, NC
  • Region 4 & 5
    • March 10            Chatham County Agriculture Conference Center, Pittsboro, NC
  • Region 2
    • March 10             Poplar Springs Elementary, King, NC

NCAE NBC Spring Seminar II Guided Reading for Evidence

Spring Seminar II will begin at 9AM with Registration and there will be two blocks of time where one can have Guided Reading Support or Working/Reflection time with Q & A and the day will end around 3:30.

  • Region 2
    • April 21st          Poplar Springs Elementary,  King, NC
  • Region 4 & 5
    • April 21st          Southern Durham High School, Durham, NC
  • Region 3
    • April 14               Phillip O’Berry Technology Magnet School


NCAE Members – $15                                     Non-NCAE Members – $45

Your registration fee includes the workshop presentation, NBCT Coaches, materials, as well as lunch!  A final confirmation e-mail, plus the final agenda and location, will be sent on the Monday prior to the workshop.