National Board Certification

In FCPS leaders are recognized through a variety of avenues. One recognition is that of National Board Certified teachers. FCPS offers free preparation classes and covers payment of fees for qualified applicants. The Commonwealth of Virginia pays an annual stipend as it is available in the state budget.

The work towards NBCT status is substantial, but the rewards are significant. Teachers who have completed at least three years of successful teaching are eligible to work toward NBCT status. You must hold a valid teaching license.

FEA and VEA support National Board Certification through use of professional leave to complete coursework and prepare for tests. The VEA offers National Board training courses that will prepare those interested in taking a national board path. For more information contact our office via email at


National Board link in FCPS:

National Board Resources link from NEA:

National Board Statement by NEA:

National Board’s direct website link: