Getting Certified

Who all are eligible to participate in CENTA Certificate?

The CENTA Certificates are primarily intended for professional teachers (e.g. school teachers, coordinators, principals, tuition teachers). However, if you are a fellow or volunteer or just interested in pursuing teaching, and can meet the submission expectations for the CENTA Certificates, you can apply for the CENTA Certification. The only eligibility criteria are: (a) 18 years of age as of the date of application; (b) graduate in any discipline (with those holding a diploma in education allowed as an exception, even if not a graduate).

A candidate can apply for any of the three levels in which CENTA Certification is available:

  • Level 1 (L1): For new teachers (typically 0 to 3 years of experience)
  • Level 2 (L2): For senior teachers (typically 3 to 10 years of experience)
  • Level 3 (L3): For experienced teachers (typically more than 10 years of experience)

Please note that the number of years of experience for defining levels is only meant to be a broad guideline and candidates should refer to the CENTA Standards to select the level that suits their experience and competencies the best.

The CENTA Certificate will be valid for 5 years from the date of award. It can be renewed after the validity period. The Awardee can also upgrade to the next level, any time, in case he/she feels ready to demonstrate the required competencies for that level.

Does CENTA Certification differ by subject? Which test tracks are available for CENTA Certification?

Part of the CENTA Certification is common, irrespective of the teacher’s subject or grade, while part of it is subject-grade specific. CENTA Certification is currently available in twelve subject-grade combinations called ‘test tracks’.
  • Primary (Mix of all subjects)- English
  • Primary (Mix of all subjects)- Hindi
  • Middle School Maths
  • Middle School English
  • Middle School Science
  • Middle School Social Studies
  • High School Maths
  • High School English
  • High School Physics
  • High School Chemistry
  • High School Biology
  • High School Economics
This above subject-grade test track list will be expanded over the years to include more subjects
The CENTA Certificate of any Level awarded to a teacher would be specific to a) Test track and b) Medium of Certification (currently only English and Hindi).

What are the steps to participate in CENTA Certification? What are the timelines?

Given its purpose and scope (a high-quality assessment testing several competencies which are important for effective teaching), the CENTA Certification is an involved exercise. Irrespective of the outcome, the process is designed to provide a valuable and enriching experience to the participants. It involves three main steps:

The detailed submissions required in each step will be different depending upon the level of the Certificate. Some of the questions/cases used in the testing will also differ by test track. Participants will be called to take part in Final Stage Assessment, only if they have obtained a minimum score in Practical (including some weightage for the TPO score), as required by CENTA.
Timelines for CENTA Certification(October cycle in 2017):
  • Practical submission window: 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017
  • Final Stage Assessment submission + interview window: January-February, 2018
  • Announcement of Results: May 2018
  • Even if you do not meet ALL the competencies required for the CENTA Certificate, you may get 'badges' or 'micro-credentials' for specific competencies for which you have met the scoring criteria through your submissions. E.g. someone may receive a micro-credential on ‘subject expertise’; someone else may receive a micro-credential on ‘delivery of instruction’ and so on. You can quote these ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’, on your resume. Further, if you re-apply for the CENTA Certification within the validity period of the micro-credentials (to be specified on the ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’), you will have to repeat only a subset of the modules, not the entire process.
  • From this year, if one meets the benchmarks in the Challenger Track of the CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad, he/she will automatically get the 'Subject Expertise Micro- Credential'. Announcement of other Micro-Credentials, which will be available from October Cycle, will be done shortly.

What will you get by participating in the CENTA Certification?


Participants can look forward to three specific outputs or takeaways, depending on their performance:

  • The CENTA Certificate itself, if you meet the expected competencies as per CENTA’s scoring rubrics. These Certificates intend to connect outstanding teachers to a range of opportunities*.
  • Even if you do not meet ALL the competencies required for the CENTA Certificate, you may get 'badges' or 'micro-credentials' for specific competencies for which you have met the scoring criteria through your submissions. E.g. someone may receive a micro-credential on ‘subject expertise’; someone else may receive a micro-credential on ‘delivery of instruction’ and so on. You can quote these ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’, on your resume. Further, if you re-apply for the CENTA Certification within the validity period of the micro-credentials (to be specified on the ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’), you will have to repeat only a subset of the modules, not the entire process.From this year, if one meets the benchmarks in the Challenger Track of the CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad, he/she will automatically get the 'Subject Expertise Micro- Credential'. Announcement of other Micro-Credentials, which will be available from October Cycle, will be done shortly.
  • Each and every participant will receive a detailed confidential report of competencies – strength areas and development areas – which we hope will be a useful input into your professional development.
Finally, we also hope that the process itself will be a valuable, enriching and memorable experience.

*Please note that CENTA is not directly doing opportunity creation or professional development, but it will create linkages to both over time

What is the registration fee for participating in the CENTA Certification in 2017?

The registration fee for the CENTA Certification is Rs. 7000 for Level 1 and Rs. 8000 for Level 2/3. However, TPO 2015 and TPO 2016 winners and winning teachers serving students from a lower socio-economic backgrounds might be eligible for a fee waiver. Please write to us at team@centa.org in case you are one of them and would want to avail it.
Fee schedule for the CENTA Certification:

Level Full Fees
L1 (Typically relevant for teachers who are in the early stages of their career or are yet to begin their professional career. ) Rs. 7000 (inclusive of GST)
L2 (Typically relevant for teachers with 3-10 years of experience, who are able to enrich their teaching based on their own experiences and other inputs. ) Rs. 8000 (inclusive of GST)
L3 (Typically relevant for teachers with more than 10 years of experience; such teachers may often be in a position to assume the role of a specialist teacher in their chosen subject/grade level or a coach where they mentor other teachers or a leader in the School or beyond.) Rs. 8000 (inclusive of GST)
  • Please note that any expenses associated with submission or travel has to be entirely borne by candidates and are not part of this registration fee.
  • Please note that there is no difference in fees for different test tracks.
  1. Registration for CENTA Certification (October cycle) : Registrations close on 24th September
    • Practical submission window: 1st October, 2017 to 31st December, 2017
    • Final Stage Assessment submission + interview window: January-February, 2018
    • Announcement of Results: May, 2018
  2. Registration for CENTA Certification (November cycle) : Registrations close on 24th October
    • Practical submission window: 1st November, 2017 to 31st January, 2018
    • Final Stage Assessment submission + interview window: February-March, 2018
    • Announcement of Results: June, 2018
  3. Registration for CENTA Certification (December cycle) : Registrations close on 24th November
    • Practical submission window: 1st December, 2017 to 28th February, 2018
    • Final Stage Assessment submission + interview window: March-April, 2018
    • Announcement of Results: July, 2018

Registrations for the July cycle of CENTA Certification are now closed.