Summary of Application Requirements: (Review WVBE Policy 5202 and the certification website for complete requirements)


  • Application Fee: $35
  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: 5 years
  • General Requirements: US Citizen; good character; age 18 or older; physically, mentally, and emotionally qualified.
  • Education Level: Minimum of a master’s degree OR a post graduate certificate in educational leadership
  • Grade Point Average: Minimum Overall Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Educational Work Experience: Minimum of 3 years of management level or teaching experience.
  • Coursework/Training: Successful completion of an institution of higher education’s state approved educational leadership program AND Successful completion of the Evaluation Leadership Institute in evaluation skills approved by the WVBE (includes online ELI and in-person ELI after being hired). If Evaluation Leadership Institute, is not completed and/or the individual is not employed as an Administrator, a Professional Provisional Administrative Certificate may be issued.
  • Testing: Pass all WVBE required exams for the requested certificate and endorsement area.
  • Employment Required: If employed as an administrator in a WV school district and the indivdual has succesfully completed the Evaluation Leadership Institute, an Initial Professional Administrative Certificate may be issued.
  • Official Recommendation: Designated college official AND Superintendent or Form 4B.
  • Official Transcripts (when applicable): To send official transcripts to our office electronically, please have those sent to If you select to send them electronically, they must be sent directly from the institution to our office to the aforementioned email address.
  • Primary Contact Info: Lori Wilson,

Electronic Application Instructions:

Step 1: If you have never held or been issued a license/certificate from the WVDE, you are considered to be a first-time applicant and you must follow these directions for first time applicants before initiating an electronic application.

Step 2: If this is your first time submitting an electronic application through the WVDE Certification Portal, you will need to register. As part of the registration process, you will be prompted to either use an existing webtop account if you have been employed in the West Virginia school system or register to create a webtop login.

Step 3: Once you have completed the registration process and have a webtop account, you may submit an electronic application.

Step 4: Depending on your employment status with a WV educational system, or if institutional verification is required, you may be able to proceed to payment at this time. If your application requires county/institutional approval, you will receive an email notification once it is completed so that you may proceed to pay for your application.

Step 5: When the application is ready for payment, you will receive an e-mail notification with instructions for online payment. Applications will not be processed by the Office of Certification until the online payment has been processed. Applicants may follow and review the status of their application via the certification portal.

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