If you are employed in a New York State public school…
You must complete 175 hours of professional development every five years. This maintains the validity of the Professional certificate and allows you to continue to teach. The first professional development period begins on July 1 following the effective date of the certificate
If you are employed by a school district, the district reports professional development hours on your behalf. It is recommended that this information be reported annually.
Records should be kept as current with activity completion as is possible. Records must be kept seven years and be made available to the New York State Education Department in the event of an audit.
For suggested guidelines to districts related to provision of continuing professional development for Professional certificate holders, go to 175 Hour Professional Development Requirement.
For frequently asked questions related to the continuing professional development requirement for Professional certificate holders, go to FAQs-Professional Development.