Beginning July 1, 2000, Act 48 of 1999 required persons holding Pennsylvania professional educator certification to complete continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain their certificates as active.
Frequently asked questions include:
1. Question: Who is affected by the requirements of Act 48?
Answer: All educators holding Pennsylvania public school certification including Intern, Instructional I and II,
Educational Specialist I and II, Administrative, Supervisory, Letters of Eligibility and all vocational certificates.
2. Question: When does Act 48 go into effect?
Answer: The effective date was July 1, 2000.
3. Question: What must educators do to remain in compliance with Act 48?
Answer: Educators must maintain their certificates as active by earning 6 collegiate credits or 6 PDE-
approved in-service credits or 180 continuing education hours or any combination of the above every five
calendar years. Note: Each collegiate or in-service credit is equal to 30 continuing education hours.
4. Question: What does "active certification" and "inactive certification" mean?
Answer: Active certification indicates compliance with the provisions of Act 48, while inactive certification will
prevent an educator from serving in a professional position in the public school entities of the Commonwealth.
Additionally, inactive certification may impact an individual’s ability to use a certificate outside of the public
5. Question: When does the five-year period begin?
Answer: The five-year period begins on July 1, 2000 for all educators issued certificates prior to and including
July 2000. For those issued certificates August 2000 and thereafter, the five-year period begins with the
effective date of issuance of the initial certificate.
6. Question: What can educators do if they are not employed by public school entities or move out of
Answer: They can either maintain their certificates as active by meeting the continuing education
requirements or they may request voluntary inactive status from the Department to suspend the requirements.
If a certificate holder does nothing, the certificate will become inactive after the five-year compliance period
and the holder will be disqualified from being employed by a Pennsylvania public school entity as a
professional or temporary professional employee.
7. Question: Who can request voluntary inactive certificate status?
Answer: Only those educators who are not employed as professional or temporary professional staff in
public school entities may apply.