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Certificate Renewal

Certificate renewal requirements are determined by the type of certificate and, in some cases, the year in which the certificate expires. Please expand the sections below to see renewal requirements for each certificate type.

Click to see the content Current or expired Standard or Performance-Based Professional Renewal Requirements
    (formerly Clear Renewable Certificate)

Certificate/License Type When does it expire? Renewal Requirements
Standard Professional or Performance-Based Certificate

(formerly Clear Renewable)
2010 or earlier Complete one of the following renewal requirements within 5 years of the date of the renewal application:
  • 6 semester hours from an accredited college/university with a grade of “B” or better
  • 10 Georgia Professional Learning Units (PLUs)
  • 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from an accredited college/university or a provider authorized by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
  • Re-take and pass the GACE content assessment for your field(s). Only fields for which the educator passes the appropriate assessment will be renewed
  • Faculty of Georgia colleges/universities may submit professional development if verified by an official letter from the dean of the college/university.
  • One year of acceptable out-of-state educator experience while holding a professional out-of-state certificate
  • Valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certification
  • Valid Georgia Master Teacher certification
  • For some service fields, valid state or national licensure as outlined in the specific rule for that field
2018 or later

(not employed in a Georgia LUA at the time of renewal)
2018 or later

(employed in a Georgia public LUA)
  • Complete an individualized Professional Learning Plan or Professional Learning Goal coordinated with supervisor and employing LUA.
  • Employer must request renewal.
Between 2011 and 2017
  • Renewal credits were suspended during this time. Renewal course work is not required to renew.
  • Complete any outstanding Special Georgia Requirements that were outlined when the initial certificate was issued.

** As of July 1, 2015, employment by a Georgia LUA is required for renewal of any professional Georgia certificate. Those who are not employed at the time of renewal may receive a Certificate of Eligibility that may be converted to a professional certificate upon employment. However, the employment requirement does not apply to renewal of a professional certificates held by educators who have worked for at least one year on a renewable professional Georgia certificate at any time in their career.

How to Apply for Certificate Renewal

If you are employed by a Georgia public school system, your certificate must be renewed electronically by your employing system. Please contact your system’s Human Resources department for more information.

If you are employed by another type of Georgia LUA, please submit the following documents to renew your certificate: If you are not employed as an educator at the time of renewal, please submit the following documents to renew your certificate: Applications for renewal for those not employed as an educator may be submitted as early as October 1st of the calendar year prior to the expiration date of the certificate.

Click to see the content Paraprofessional License Renewal Requirements

Paraprofessional License Between 2011 and 2017
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA and employing LUA applies for the renewal.
  • Renewal credits were suspended during this time. Renewal course work is not required to renew.
2010 or earlier

2018 or later
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA and employing LUA applies for the renewal.
  • Complete an individualized Professional Learning Plan or Professional Learning Goal coordinated with supervisor and employing LUA.

*** Your license must be renewed electronically by your employing system. Please contact your system’s Human Resources department for more information.


Click to see the content Educational Interpreter License Renewal Requirements

  • Renewal requirements outlined in the GaPSC correspondence issued with the certificate


Click to see the content Non-Instructional Aide License Renewal Requirements

  • Minimum of 20 clock hours of job-related training provided by the employing Georgia LUA
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA


Click to see the content Support Personnel License Renewal Requirements

  • Renewal requirements determined by the employing Georgia LUA
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA


Click to see the content Adjunct License Renewal Requirements

  • Renewal requirements determined by the employing Georgia LUA
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA

Unsatisfactory Performance Evaluations

An educator who has received any combination of 2 Unsatisfactory, Ineffective, or Needs Development annual performance evaluations in the previous 5-year certificate validity period may not receive a renewable certificate until the performance deficiencies have been satisfactorily remediated. Please see the Performance Evaluations page for more information.