Summary of Application Requirements

Review WVBE Policy 5202 and Certifications for complete requirements


  • Application Fee: $35
  • Payment link:
  • Validity Period: 5 years
  • General Requirements: Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
  • Education Level: Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (Regionally Accredited IHE)
  • Credential: Valid WV Professional Teaching Certificate
  • Educational Work Experience: As required by the NBPTS.
  • Coursework/Training: Achievement of NBPTS Certification.
  • Testing: As required by the NBPTS.
  • Employment Required: Yes, for the NBPTS state salary supplement; No, for recognition only of NBPTS certification.
  • Official Recommendation: Designated NBPTS official
  • Official Transcripts: N/A
  • Primary Contact Info: Christina Haymaker,

Electronic Application Instructions:

Electronic Application Instructions:

Step 1: 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 2: Once you have completed the registration process and have a webtop account, you may submit an electronic application.

Step 3: 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 4: When the application is ready for payment, you will receive an email 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.

Step 5: If you are a first-time applicant for licensure (have never held a license/certificate issued by the WVDE), you will receive an email with a service code to make your background check appointment once the application is received by our office. You will need to follow these directions for first-time applicants. (*Note: This requirement does not apply to Forms 23 and 24B.*)

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