PLU Certification Renewal Form & Ride Information

Important Information for Educators that will have their Certification Expire August 2024:

For the 2023-2024 School Year, please complete the form linked below and return to the  Superintendent's Office with your PLU transcript, and aspirational benchmark information (if applicable) via email to [email protected] .

PLU Summary Submission Form 

Information Below is from RIDE's Website
On Jan 1, 2024, we will begin the fourth year of certification renewal using Professional Learning Units (PLUs). Educators renewing certificates in 2024 will need to show evidence of PLUs as follows:

Initial (3-year) Certificates

Educators holding Initial certificates must complete 25 PLUs per year of employment for a total of 75 PLUs in order to progress to a Professional (5-year) certificate.

Professional (5-year) Certificates

Educators holding Professional Certificates must complete 15 PLUs per year of employment for a total of 75 PLUs in order to renew as a Professional (5-year) certificate. Since PLUs were not required until renewal year 2020, educators must complete them for school years 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 only.

Advanced (7-year) Certificates

Educators who achieve an aspirational benchmark in addition to the 75 PLUs can progress to an Advanced (7-year) certificate. Evidence of aspirational benchmarks must be submitted to RIDE on when renewing online on My eCert. Aspirational benchmarks include:

National Board Certification

Conferral of an advanced degree (Masters or higher)
RIDE or national recognition (Milken Award, State Teacher of the Year, or Presidential Award for Math and Science)
Completion of NISL Executive Development Program or served as a NISL facilitator
Achieves RIDE certification in limited number of shortage areas identified by RIDE
LEAs may approve professional learning activities for educators in one or more of the following categories:
Subject matter/content knowledge and skills
Pedagogical knowledge or pedagogical content knowledge and skills
Curriculum implementation knowledge and skills
Enhance educator effectiveness

An hour of approved professional learning equals one Professional Learning Unit (PLU). LEAs will verify in the Personnel Data Collection system that the educator has completed all required PLUs. RIDE will not collect individual PLU evidence, but educators should maintain their own records. 

One Year Special Provisional Certificate

A One-Year Special Provisional Certificate may be issued to educators who hold Initial, Professional or Advanced Educator Certificates and did not obtain approval or did not complete professional learning unit requirements. Educators holding the Special Provisional certificate must complete the missing PLUs during this certificate's one-year cycle and submit evidence to the school/district to complete the electronic sign off process.


Application Form for Special Provisional Certificate


Professional Learning Units (PLU) Guidance

Informational Slide Deck - Information on Professional Learning Units required for educators renewing certificates in 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions for 2024 - RIDE has answered some of the most common questions related to certification renewal.

Professional Learning Units Trackers (Word version and Excel version) and Professional Learning Units Verification Forms