Steps toward Renewing a Georgia Teacher Certification:

  • Renewing a Clear Renewable Certification

    • Step 1:
      Tyically, if you are employed by a Georgia school district, renewal must be done by the employing school system through the Automatic Certificate Renewal Entry System (ACRES). Be sure to contact your employer to make sure the application is being completed and you are in their system (if you are employed outside of a Georgia public school district, you must complete the application process individually).

    • Step 2:
      You must either complete 6 semester hours or ten PLU's. (one PLU is equal to ten contact hours) within the five years your certification is valid. Your transcripts for classes or PLU varification must accompany your application for renewal.

    • Step 3:
      Your employing school district must have your application submitted to the PSC anytime between Oct. 1st of the last year of your valid certification and Sept. 31st of the calendar year of your certificate's expiration.

    • Step 4:
      Sit Back and Relax!
  • Renewing an Intern Certification by acquiring a Clear Renewable Certification

    • Step 1:
      Your Intern Certification is valid for two years unless your employer requests a one year extension for you.

    • Step 2:
      You must complete all necessary requirements for a Clear Renewable Certification before the expiration of your Intern Certification. Download the Clear Renewable Certificate pdf.

    • Step 3:
      Your employing school district should be taking care of your application; however, you should check up on the process from time to time in order to insure a smooth transition in case files are misplaced or lost.

    • Step 4:
      Sit Back and Relax!


    Learn about the requirements of another state by clicking on one of the state certification links to your left.

    Request information from schools by clicking on the links or school logos below.




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