FAQ
CENTA Standards have been defined through a combination of extensive research of international standards, inputs from a large number of stakeholders in India, and grounds-up development by the organization. Further, CENTA Standards are also being refined continually based on both stakeholder input and empirical data. To know more about the process, click here.
The CENTA Standards define competencies expected from teachers as they progress through their teaching careers. Therefore the Standards and corresponding CENTA Certificates will be independent of board of affiliation (CBSE, ICSE, SSC, IGCSE, IB, etc.). However, the certificates will allow for different "spikes" or "areas of strength" e.g. one teacher may be particularly good at creativity and another may be particularly good at rigour, though both meet minimum parameters in other areas. This will allow schools to choose based on their own ethos and priorities.
CENTA Teacher Standards are defined for expectation of competencies, since our overall purpose is to recognize and celebrate outstanding teachers. The levels are meant to denote progress through a teacher's careers and not "performance levels"; i.e. L3 is not meant to be "better" than L2. A teacher is "expected" to be at L2 level after a few years of experience (we are saying, approximately, 3 to 10 years) and at L3 level after several years of experience (we are saying, approximately, after 10 years).
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).

For the first batch of the CENTA Certification (2016), only those candidates who participated in TPO 2015 (conducted nationally on 5th December 2015) are eligible.
For CENTA Certification (2016), the better of the two scores –TPO 2015 and TPO 2016- will be considered. Going forward also, the best score of TPO among all the ‘valid’ TPO scores will be considered for CENTA Certification.
We want this to be a valuable and enriching experience for participants and hence are giving them sufficient time to make their submissions. Submissions once made in the ‘submission window’ can be saved as ‘draft’ and be updated till the time the window is open. Also, for some of the submissions, a view over 4 -5 weeks has been requested which is one of the reasons for a longer window.
For submissions, each registered candidate will be sent the link to a candidate account on a best-in-class portfolio submission system. The system is very easy to use and has been carefully selected by CENTA to meet all the submission needs. Submission uploads are very clearly detailed, re-submissions are possible, and file requirements are well specified. Further, CENTA persons will be available for support on a best effort basis.
The assessment is based on detailed rubrics defined by CENTA, with the attempt being to make the scoring highly consistent and free from any individual biases. Additionally, each submission will go through at least two assessors, independently, to further ensure objectivity. The assessor network consists of highly experienced teacher educators and selectively includes senior teachers and principals.
In case you believe you meet the competency expectations of L1, but are not in a position to submit video to support classroom observation or/and share email ids of parents/ students/ peers/ principals for a survey, you have the option to apply for a Provisional L1 CENTA Certificate. Such candidates who apply for and achieve a Provisional L1 can subsequently apply for the L1 Certification by making the remaining submissions within 24 months of being awarded the Provisional L1 Certificate.
Yes, you can definitely participate in later batches of CENTA Certification, if you are not able to participate in 2016. However please note that TPO 2015 scores are only valid till Dec 2017. For any slot of CENTA Certification for which registrations are open prior to Dec 2017, you can apply using your TPO 2015 scores.
CENTA Certification intends to assess teachers on their competencies, which in many cases may take time to build/ improve upon. Hence, in case a candidate has not qualified for CENTA Certification in any window, we recommend that the candidate waits for at least 18 months before re-applying.
You can meanwhile quote any ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’ that you receive, on your resume.
Yes, you would have the option of re-using your previous submissions or making new submissions. In case you have received any ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’, you will also have lesser modules to complete in a subsequent application for the CENTA Certification, till the time that the micro-credentials are valid.
CENTA Standards have been defined through a combination of extensive research of international standards, inputs from a large number of stakeholders in India, and grounds-up development by the organization. Further, CENTA Standards are also being refined continually based on both stakeholder input and empirical data. To know more about the process, click here.
The CENTA Standards define competencies expected from teachers as they progress through their teaching careers. Therefore the Standards and corresponding CENTA Certificates will be independent of board of affiliation (CBSE, ICSE, SSC, IGCSE, IB, etc.). However, the certificates will allow for different "spikes" or "areas of strength" e.g. one teacher may be particularly good at creativity and another may be particularly good at rigour, though both meet minimum parameters in other areas. This will allow schools to choose based on their own ethos and priorities.
CENTA Teacher Standards are defined for expectation of competencies, since our overall purpose is to recognize and celebrate outstanding teachers. The levels are meant to denote progress through a teacher's careers and not "performance levels"; i.e. L3 is not meant to be "better" than L2. A teacher is "expected" to be at L2 level after a few years of experience (we are saying, approximately, 3 to 10 years) and at L3 level after several years of experience (we are saying, approximately, after 10 years).
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).

For the first batch of the CENTA Certification (2016), only those candidates who participated in TPO 2015 (conducted nationally on 5th December 2015) are eligible.
For CENTA Certification (2016), the better of the two scores –TPO 2015 and TPO 2016- will be considered. Going forward also, the best score of TPO among all the ‘valid’ TPO scores will be considered for CENTA Certification.
We want this to be a valuable and enriching experience for participants and hence are giving them sufficient time to make their submissions. Submissions once made in the ‘submission window’ can be saved as ‘draft’ and be updated till the time the window is open. Also, for some of the submissions, a view over 4 -5 weeks has been requested which is one of the reasons for a longer window.
For submissions, each registered candidate will be sent the link to a candidate account on a best-in-class portfolio submission system. The system is very easy to use and has been carefully selected by CENTA to meet all the submission needs. Submission uploads are very clearly detailed, re-submissions are possible, and file requirements are well specified. Further, CENTA persons will be available for support on a best effort basis.
The assessment is based on detailed rubrics defined by CENTA, with the attempt being to make the scoring highly consistent and free from any individual biases. Additionally, each submission will go through at least two assessors, independently, to further ensure objectivity. The assessor network consists of highly experienced teacher educators and selectively includes senior teachers and principals.
In case you believe you meet the competency expectations of L1, but are not in a position to submit video to support classroom observation or/and share email ids of parents/ students/ peers/ principals for a survey, you have the option to apply for a Provisional L1 CENTA Certificate. Such candidates who apply for and achieve a Provisional L1 can subsequently apply for the L1 Certification by making the remaining submissions within 24 months of being awarded the Provisional L1 Certificate.
Yes, you can definitely participate in later batches of CENTA Certification, if you are not able to participate in 2016. However please note that TPO 2015 scores are only valid till Dec 2017. For any slot of CENTA Certification for which registrations are open prior to Dec 2017, you can apply using your TPO 2015 scores.
CENTA Certification intends to assess teachers on their competencies, which in many cases may take time to build/ improve upon. Hence, in case a candidate has not qualified for CENTA Certification in any window, we recommend that the candidate waits for at least 18 months before re-applying.
You can meanwhile quote any ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’ that you receive, on your resume.
Yes, you would have the option of re-using your previous submissions or making new submissions. In case you have received any ‘badges’ or ‘micro-credentials’, you will also have lesser modules to complete in a subsequent application for the CENTA Certification, till the time that the micro-credentials are valid.