Below you will find information on how to identify, interpret, and fulfill credential renewal requirements in order to upgrade your preliminary level credential to the clear level credential.
Upgrading, Renewing, and Renewal Requirements
Upgrading is a term typically used to describe moving from a preliminary level certification to the clear level certification. It may also refer to earning an advanced level permit, (e.g., Child Development Permit upgrades). Usually, upgrading requires the holder to have completed all necessary renewal requirements associated with the educator's preliminary credential. The terms "upgrading" and "renewing" are often confused when it comes to preliminary credentials, however, preliminary credentials are not renewable and must be upgraded to the clear level in order to remain valid.
Your CTC Online Personal Educator Page displays the specific details of your document, including any renewal requirements. By following the steps below, you can view the details of your document and its associated renewal requirements.
- Click the button in the right-hand column.
- Enter your Social Security Number and Date of Birth in the designated fields.
- Click "OK".
- Verify your personal information and click "NEXT".
- Locate the box that shows your current Document Information. Click the down arrow ( ) in the "Issue Date" column to sort the list with your most current document on top.
- Click the document number blue hyperlink which will bring you to the details of your document.
- Specific renewal requirements associated with your document will be listed under the "Renewal Requirements" heading as shown below. The renewal description will outline what needs to be completed to clear each requirement.
Credential Terms and Renewability
The term "Clear" or "Level II" credential signifies that all education and program requirements for the credential have been met. Clear or Level II credentials are not held for professional growth requirements. Effective January 1, 2007, all clear and level II credentials must be renewed online.
Life credentials were issued until September 1, 1985. Holders of Clear General, Standard and Ryan credentials were eligible for life documents until that date. Life documents are no longer initially issued, but previously issued life documents continue to be valid. These are valid for the lifetime of the holder, unless the document is revoked for cause. Life credentials do not need to be renewed.
Common Renewal Requirements for Upgrading