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Renewing Certificates

Renewing an Administrative Certificate
Administrators may log into their ECS account to begin the renewal process as of September 1 in  the final year of the certificate’s registration cycle.
The process for renewing an administrative certificate is basically the same as renewing a standard teaching certificate. The main difference involves the professional development requirements for completing the Statement of Assurance. In addition to earning professional development CPDU’s, administrators also need to complete an annual administrator academy course. Please note that, although administrators need to enter their professional development activities into the ECS system as do teachers, the ECS system will automatically list the academy courses completed by the administrator.
Basic Steps for Renewing an Administrative Certificate:
1. Enter Professional Development Activity on the ISBE website: 
            a. Log into private ECS account
            b. Click on "Professional Development and Renewal" on the Home screen.
            c. [next screen] Click on "Professional Development Activity".
            d. [next screen] Click on "Enter/Review Professional Development".
            e. [next screen] Click on "Enter/Review Professional Development Activity".
            f. Proceed through the remaining screens that follow.
            Note: Please see "CPDU Requirements" for more information.
2. After all professional development activities are entered, submit Statement of Assurance (SOA):
            a. Click on "Professional Development and Renewal" on the Home screen.
            b. [next screen] Click on "Statement of Assurance" on the left hand side of the screen.
            c. [next screen] Click on "Submit/Review Statement of Assurance".
            d. [next screen] Click on "Submit/Review Statement of Assurance" (below the certificate details).
            e. Ensure everything listed is accurate and then click "Submit the Statement of Assurance".
- Each activity must be entered separately.  If using CPDU activities for professional development, be careful when entering dates.  If the dates do not fit into the appropriate timeframe, the activity won't be accepted.  (The program doesn't flag that the dates are wrong; it just doesn't count the activity.)

- SOA status will show "Pending" until it is reviewed and approved by the ROE which may take up to 30 days; usually a week or so after ROE approval, the SOA status will show "YES" indicating that the SOA has been approved by the ISBE
3. Once the Statement of Assurance has been approved by the ISBE, the administrator will then need to register the certificate for
   a new five year period.

            Basic steps to register a certificate:
            a. Log into private ECS account
            b. Click on "Register Certificates" on the account HOME screen.
            c. [next screen] Click on "Register Certificates" (below the certificate details).
            d. Proceed through the screens/steps that follow, including online payment of the registration fee with a credit card.
                (When prompted, please be sure to register the certificate with Region 05 – North Cook ISC.)
                [Optional] Educators can register their certificate(s) in person at the ROE if they do not want to use a credit card online. Call
                    847-824-8300 for details.
4. Once payment confirmation is received, email Sandy Franklin in Human Resources indicating the registration
       process is complete so District 214’s records can be updated.

New administrators are also required to take the course "Introduction to the Evaluation of Certified Staff". This course cannot be counted toward the annual academy course requirement nor can it be counted toward professional development hours.

Learn more on the ISBE website:   Administrative Certificates
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