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All Newton County School System teachers, administrators, service personnel and paraprofessionals are required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) to hold an appropriate certificate for the field, subject, grade level, or assignment. The GAPSC establishes regulations and procedures to evaluate the credentials of prospective teachers, as well as other professional employees in the schools, to ensure they meet preparation standards and requirements.

State certification provides a standardized base-level of professional knowledge and skill for educators in public schools. Georgia has many individualized requirements and some common standards that are required for certification. The GAPSC outlines the state certification system in rules and procedures for the Certification of Education Personnel. For information on eligibility, reciprocity, testing requirements, and application procedures, please visit the GAPSC website at

The NCSS Human Resources Office provides customer support with the processing of certification documents for new and current employees. All certification renewals and conversions of certificates are also handled by Human Resources.

Certification Information

Employees new to NCSS are required to file a certification application package within one month of employment. The following items are required:

  • PSC Application for Certification
  • Official Transcripts of all colleges/universities where coursework was completed
  • GACE Assessment Scores or Praxis II Content Assessment scores prior to September 1, 2006
  • Out-of-state Professional Certificates and content assessment required for out-of-state professional certificate.

It is critical that you complete your certification requirements as soon as possible. Once all required documents are received the Human Resources Office will apply for your certificate. Your certificate and/or letter of requirements will be emailed to your MyPSC account and employees are responsible for forwarding an official copy to Human Resources for your personnel file.

Certificate Renewal for NCSS Employees

The state of Georgia mandates that professional education certificates be renewed every five years The Human Resources Department will notify each certificated employee of the pending expiration of their certificate and requirement for renewal.

Helpful Information:  

GaTapp Save the Dates 2017 TAPP Training Sessions

TAPP Information Session Flyer

FAQ for Certificate Renewal

TAPP Information Power Point

Griffin RESA TAPP Brochure

Griffin RESA Pre-TAPP Information