As of December 4, 2013, the date your certificate is issued is the date your certificate is effective.
Prior to December 4, 2013, certificates were issued with an effective date of either February 1 or September 1 of a given year. The Department provided guidance to school districts that indicated that you were eligible to work under that certificate in New York as of the date the certificate was issued. Commissioner’s Regulations were amended effective December 4, 2013 to make the certificate effective on the date it is issued.
You are eligible for employment in New York State under the certificate as of the date it is issued.
As of December 4, 2013, if you are issued a time limited certificate, (i.e. Initial, Provisional, Temporary coaching, Teaching Assistant Level I and II etc.), the expiration date will be set based on the length of time the certificate is valid (i.e. 5 years, 3 years, etc.) and the next sequential September 1 or February 1.
A certificate issued between September 2 and February 1, will have an expiration date of January 31.
Certificates issued between February 2 and September 1, will have an expiration date of August 31.