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Read more about the application process in the Guide to National Board Certification. All candidates must carefully review the Guide to National Board Certification before applying as a candidate. Visit the DPI website for more information about the candidate loan.

The following chart is applicable to initial candidates submitting components for scoring during the 2016-17 assessment cycle.

2016-17 Important Dates and Deadlines
ePortfolio Submission Window
April - May 17, 2017
Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing Window
April – June 15, 2017
Scores Released
On or before December 31, 2017
The following chart is applicable to initial candidates submitting components for scoring during the 2017-2018 assessment cycle.
2017-18 Important Dates and Deadlines
Application for North Carolina loan
April 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Registration Window
April 1, 2017 - January 31, 2018
Registration (includes payment of $75 fee)
January 31, 2018
Component Selection (includes payment of component fees)*
January 31, 2018
Change of Certificate and/or Specialty Area
January 31, 2018
Change of Component Selection
January 31, 2018
Withdrawal Deadline
January 31, 2018
ePortfolio Submission Window
April - May 2018
Component 1: Content Knowledge Testing Window
April – June 15, 2018
Scores Released
On or before December 31, 2018

*Only order and purchase components that you plan to complete in the 2017-2018 school year.

It is very important that you include your Social Security Number and agree to release Third Party Information when you register online with National Board. The third parties are CMS, DPI, and NCCAT. Your pay increase and renewal credit cannot be issued without your Social Security number and the agreement to release information to third parties. If you have already registered and did not provide this information, follow the instructions below.

Go to My Profile and look to the left for Service Request. Scroll down to "I agree to the following policies". Scroll down again until you see "special considerations". Make sure that it says "yes" next to the following statement: Do you wish to have your name released to third-party agencies that may provide incentives, support, and rewards for teachers seeking National Board Certification?

For more information, visit the DPI website or the National Board website.

Use the navigation on the left to access other pages of this National Board Candidate wiki. We regret that we cannot provide support to National Board candidates who are not CMS employees.