Micro-credential Program

National Board Pre-Candidacy Support for Teachers

BloomBoard’s National Board Pre-candidacy Support program is a micro-credential-based program that prepares new candidates for successful National Board Certification. It enables educators to focus on improving their instructional practice and preparing for successful National Board Certification, while deferring the cost of the pre-candidacy micro-credentials and component assessments until after their pay increase would typically take effect.

Program Overview

BloomBoard has developed a micro-credential-based program that enables educators to prove proficiency in specific practice areas that will prepare them for successful completion of the National Board certification process.

The program consists of six micro-credentials (as outlined below) focused on competencies that will be utilized when developing the portfolio in the National Board component areas. Throughout the pre-candidacy program and the candidacy process, participants will have access to a certified NBCT coach, who has been trained in cognitive coaching strategies, to support teachers in their candidacy. BloomBoard has aligned exemplar evidence from the National Board Atlas video library to each micro-credential to support educators with the most relevant content available.

Cost includes the pre-candidacy program, the NBCT coach, access to the National Board ATLAS video library, and the price of National Board certification (registration fee plus submission fees for each of the four components). As an added assurance for participants, the cost of the program also covers any necessary resubmissions that need to be made along their journey to certification. The total cost can be financed, which eases the financial commitment of earning National Board Certification, with repayment aligned to the candidate’s expected compensation increase or stipend.

Micro-credentials Included in the Program

The following micro-credentials are included in the National Board Pre-candidacy program:

Using Knowledge of Students to Inform Instruction


Analyzing Student Work Samples

Using Rubrics to Develop Analytical Writing


Utilizing Video as a Tool for Reflection


Analyzing Assessments in the Learning Cycles


Utilizing Self-Assessment for Professional Growth Planning


How Micro-credentials Work

A micro-credential is earned by demonstrating competence in a specific skill via a portfolio of evidence created through classroom practice. All micro-credentials are based on a robust, standardized blueprint, grounded in four areas of instructional efficacy research including, cycles of inquiry, job-embedded supports, rigorously calibrated assessment, and portfolio-based learning.
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The Program Includes:

Competency-based Learning

Engage in a series of micro-credentials focused on competencies that will be utilized when developing the portfolio in all National Board certification areas.

Virtual 1:1 Coaching

Connect with existing National Board Certified Teachers through virtual, video-based coaching as you work towards completing the pre-candidacy program and earning certification.

Exemplar Video Resources

Get access to exemplar video content from the National Board ATLAS video library. Videos have been selected from successful National Board submissions and are embedded in the micro-credential framework.

Deferred Financing Options

Participants can bundle the cost of the pre-candidacy program with the National Board candidacy process. The total cost can be paid upfront or you can take advantage of flexible financing options that allow you to defer payment until you complete the certification process.


Many states have meaningful financial incentives such as increased compensation in the form of salary and stipends, as well as credits toward advanced certification, licensure, and endorsements for successful completion of the National Board Certification. For a complete list see here »

National Board was the most powerful learning experience that I’ve ever had because it asked me to put my practice up against a set of rigorous standards, identify what it was I was already doing in my practice that was great, and all the things I could be doing in my practice to be even better.

Misha Freeman, National Board Certified Teacher

I’m Interested in Learning More!

The first step to moving forward is to schedule an appointment with one of our Pre-Candidacy Counselors to discuss the program and your needs. Your counselor will also answer any questions you have and help you start your enrollment:

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about BloomBoard

BloomBoard is the national leader in competency-based educator training and advancement using micro-credentials. They have partnered with your district to offer its educators an opportunity to meaningfully improve classroom practice while also accumulating skills and credit to achieve masters level distinction in both compensation and career advancement. The company works with hundreds of districts across the U.S. to implement competency-based professional learning programs.

Does the cost of the program include the cost of National Board Certification?

Yes, pricing includes the cost of the six micro-credentials in the pre-candidacy support program, access to a virtual NBCT coach, access to the National Board ATLAS video library, the National Board registration fees, and submissions for each of the four components. The price also includes the cost of any resubmissions, if necessary.

How do I enroll in the program?

To enroll as an individual participant, you'll need to fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment with a pre-candidacy counselor. The counselor will provide more information about this pre-candidacy program, the National Board Certification process, financing options, and can get you started with enrollment.

How long do I have to complete the micro-endorsement?

You can work through all the required micro-credentials in your selected micro-endorsements at your own pace. Your NBCT career pathway counselor can work with you to provide you with specific guidance and advice for continuing your progress.

How does the financing option work?

BloomBoard can provide financing to educators that will allow you to defer the costs of the program to align with the timing of your state or district-specific financial incentives (e.g. discounts, salary increases, etc.).

Can this be implemented as a program specific to my district?

Yes, there are many benefits for a district-supported implementation of this program. Learn more at the district information page at: https://bloomboard.com/program/national-board/

I have additional questions, who can I contact?

For all questions related to the pre-candidacy program, how it works, and how to enroll, please email BloomBoard at hello@bloomboard.com. For questions related to the National Board Certification process, visit nbpts.org.