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Professional Development Requirements

For Those with Credentials Issued July 1, 2013 or Later

AMS requires that holders of AMS credentials issued on or after July 1, 2013 complete 50 hours of professional development every 5 years for the credential to remain active. If professional development hours are not completed within the 5-year period, the credential will be considered inactive—and, until the requirement is met, will no longer qualify you as an AMS-credentialed educator.

  • If your credential was issued July 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013: Regardless of the month in which your credential was issued, you have until December 31, 2018 to earn the 50 hours of CPD. This means that some of you will have more than 5 years to meet the requirement. It is a special concession we are extending to help ease the first cohort of AMS-credentialed teachers who are affected by the requirement into the process of meeting it.
  • If your credential was issued on or after January 1, 2014: You must complete the 50 hours of CPD within 5 years of when your credential was issued. Thus, for example, if your credential was issued in January 2014, you would need to complete your 50 hours of CPD by January 2019. If your credential was issued in December 2014, you would need to complete your 50 hours of CPD by December 2019.

The credential holder must keep a record of his or her professional development, and submit it to AMS using our PD log form.

Log Your PD Hours

If you are located in China, please email AMS at: PD@amshq.org.

For Instructors & Staff of Teacher Education Programs

AMS requires that instructors and directors of AMS-affiliated teacher education programs complete 30 hours of continuing professional development every 3 years. These hours may be applied toward the professional development requirement described above.

Events That Qualify

From in-person events such as conferences and retreats; to webinars and other online learning experiences. Learn what events may qualify you for professional development hours. 

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    FAQs

    AMS requires that holders of AMS credentials issued on or after July 1, 2013 complete 50 hours of professional development every 5 years for the credential to remain active. Here are a few frequently asked questions we get about the requirement.

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