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 nine subject-grade combinations called ‘test tracks’.
  • Primary
  • Middle School Maths
  • Middle School English
  • Middle School Science
  • High School Maths
  • High School English
  • High School Physics
  • High School Chemistry
  • High School Biology
If desired, the candidate can choose any other test track of his/her interest, irrespective of what he/she is currently teaching.
This above subject-grade test track list will be expanded over the years to include more subjects (Middle School Social Studies and Primary in Hindi medium are in the immediate pipeline for next year).
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).

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:
  1. Objective Assessment: An objective computer-based assessment, covering subject expertise (including subject knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge), classroom practices & professional competencies, and logical ability & communication. The CENTA Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (or TPO) serves as this objective test towards the CENTA certification. The first TPO was conducted on 5th December 2015 with centres in 7 cities. The next TPO has been scheduled for 3rd December 2016 with centres in 22 cities – please visit www.tpo-india.org for more details. Therefore, the CENTA Certification is currently open only for participants of TPO 2015 – please note that there is no score cut-off and you DO NOT need to be a winner in TPO to participate. For this first round, CENTA will accept a maximum of 200 candidates on a first come first serve basis.
  2. Practical-I: An electronic portfolio submission, consisting of a resume submission; written submissions on lesson planning, assessments, student interactions; video submission demonstrating classroom interactions; surveys of principals and peers and submission of self-reflection based essays. There is no travel involved and participants can make submissions from any location with good internet access.
  3. Practical-II: A submission cum video based assessment, consisting of specific topical submissions, surveys of parents and students, and a scheduled video-based interview accompanied by on-the-spot long-answer questions. Typically, the candidate will have limited travel requirement for this step as the attempt will be to conduct the video-based interview from a nearby location with high speed internet availability.
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 Practical-II, only if they have obtained a minimum score in Practical-I (including some weightage for the TPO score), as required by CENTA.
Timelines for CENTA Certification in 2017:
  • Registration for CENTA Certification (by TPO 2015 participants): 20th September 2016 to 15th November 2016 – maximum of 200 candidates on a first come first serve basis.
  • Practical-I submission window: 1st December 2016 to 28th February 2017
  • Practical-II submission + interview window: April to June 2017
  • Announcement of Results: July-August 2017

What will you get by participating in the CENTA Certification?

Participants can look forward to three specific outputs or takeaways, depending on their performance:
  1. 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*.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 2016?

The registration fee for the CENTA Certification is Rs. 6000 for Level 1 and Rs. 7000 for Level 2/3. However, for TPO 2015 and TPO 2016 participants applying before March 31st, we are providing a 50% discount (therefore, Rs. 3000 for L1 and Rs. 3500 for L2/L3) as a token of our appreciation for being pioneers in this process.
Fee schedule for the CENTA Certification:
Level Full fees Discounted Fees for the first 200 candidates registering before March 31st
(for the July window)
L1 Rs. 6000 (inclusive of service tax) Rs. 3000 (inclusive of service tax)
L2 Rs. 7000 (inclusive of service tax) Rs. 3500 (inclusive of service tax)
L3 Rs. 7000 (inclusive of service tax) Rs. 3500 (inclusive of service tax)
  • This ‘Discounted fees’ mentioned above is an all-inclusive, i.e. including Service Tax and all other charges. 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.


For the upcoming (July) cycle of the CENTA Certificate, all the candidates who participated in TPO 2015 and TPO 2016 are eligible.
  • All TPO 2015 and TPO 2016 participants are eligible to participate in the CENTA Certification in 2017. There is no cut-off requirement related to TPO scores; however the TPO scores will carry some weightage in the overall Certification. The current CENTA Certification slot has only 200 seats on a first come first serve basis. Click here to register.
  • There will be 1-2 slots for CENTA Certification every year, as decided by CENTA. If you are not a TPO participant, but are interested in the CENTA Certification, please enter your email Id and we will keep you posted on next steps.

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