For initial certification in the U.S. Virgin Islands, all candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited and/or approved institution
  • Submit a Professional Staff Certification application (add hyperlink if applicable)
  • Submit official transcripts from all accredited institutions
  • Demonstrate proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or other approved work status
  • Complete a course in Virgin Islands history within the first year of employment *
  • Pass the Praxis® tests for their certification area **

*Applies only to school-based professionals appointed to the Virgin Islands public school system AFTER the 1991-1992 school year
**Applies only to secondary school and elementary content area teachers


To apply for certification, complete the application form below and submit it to the VI Board of Education with a nonrefundable application fee:

  • $25 for Professional Educator Class I or II certificate
  • $10 for Substitute Teacher Pool ceritifcate

Application fee must be in the form of a money order, cashier's check, or certified bank check payable to VI Board of Education.

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