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Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit
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EPSB Information

Certification Applications

Certification Forms

Beginning January 1, 2015, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) will transition to new application forms, the CA series.  For initial certification in Kentucky, an applicant will need to use the CA-1 form beginning January 1, 2015.  To renew an existing Kentucky teaching certificate an applicant will use the CA-2 form.

Additionally, an applicant applying for initial certification in Kentucky will need to submit a Kentucky state and federal background check.  The background check must have been completed within twelve (12) months of the date the application is received by the EPSB.  Please ensure that the full name, date of birth and last four of the applicant's social security number is included. The background check used to obtain employment as a certified educator in Kentucky public schools or to be placed as a student teacher in a Kentucky public school may be submitted to the EPSB to meet this requirement.  All other applicants who do not have a background check readily available to submit with your application, may request a background check from the Kentucky State Police using the following form: .  An FBI background check may be obtained by following directions found here:


Please mail completed application and a certified/cashier's check or money order made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer" to:

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board
100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Applicants may also use the EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.

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Contact the EPSB Division of Certification


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