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Certification - Current & Future Educators

Welcome to our redesigned certification page! Find the statement below that best describes you and use the links to navigate to the appropriate page.

NEW!! RIDE Certification Office Opens for Appointments

In March of 2020, the RIDE Certification Office closed for in-person service due to COVID-19. We are happy to be reopening for in-person, virtual, and telephone appointments effective November 1, 2021. Our Information Specialists in the Certification Office will be available for appointments weekdays from 1pm-4pm. Please visit the Certification Support Booking Calendar to schedule an appointment.

***Masks are required for in-person appointments, regardless of vaccination status***

Please note that if you have questions regarding a notice you received connected to your certification application, you must reach out directly to the Education Specialist who reviewed your application and issued the notice, as this system does not make appointments with Education Specialists. For technical issues with the My eCert portal, please submit a ticket at: https://support.ride.ri.gov

Legislation Updates

Recently, the RI General Assembly passed House Bill 5197 relating to certified school nurse teachers and stipulating the following:

  1. Each school system (district) must employ certified nurse-teacher personnel certified by RIDE.
  2. Any educator as of August 1, 2021, employed in a RI school district using an All Grades Registered School Nurse certificate, may remain on and/or renew that certification if they continue to be employed by the same school district. If the educator changes districts after August 1, 2021, they will be required to hold the School Nurse Teacher certificate for the school nurse assignment.

The full text of 16-21-8 Certified nurse-teacher can be viewed here.


Relevant Links:


statement LinkS
I want to access my current Rhode Island certification OR I need to renew my current certification in eCert.

My eCert on Portal

I am looking for certification requirements OR I am ready to apply for a certification.
I want to learn more about different ways to become certified in Rhode Island.
NEW!! I want to know more about Fast Track Building Administrator certificates Fast Track Building Administrator
I want to know which educator preparation programs are approved in Rhode Island and want to know about educator preparation program performance. RI Educator Preparation Programs
I want to verify the credentials of Rhode Island teachers, administrators, and support professionals. Public Educator Verification Portal
I want to access relevant reports about preparation and certification in Rhode Island.

Educator Preparation Index

Emergency Certificates Annual Report

Newly Certified Educators Report

Have additional questions?
  • Email us at eqac@ride.ri.gov.
  • Call us at (401) 222-4600 between 1:00 - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.