Advanced Licenses and Certificates

The salary building incentive for an advanced license or certificate is a percentage of the ProComp Index. Currently the salary building incentive is: (9%) x(Index) x (Full Time Equivalent).  The incentive is added to your annual salary.


Employee must be in an eligible bargaining unit assignment and hold a license or certificate from the list of positions/recognized advanced licenses/certificates. Click here for a list of Recognized Licenses and Certificates. 

Teachers may earn multiple salary increases for separate National Board Certifications (NBPTS) that apply to their current assignment.  For other Advanced Licenses, employees can receive a salary increase for only one license/certificate in any one bargaining unit assignment; however, an employee who works two positions can receive more than one incentive for holding licenses/certificates in more than one discipline:

For instance, an employee who is .5 FTE Social Worker and a .5 Nurse with both a DORA and a SNP will be paid two full incentives.

License and certificate payment eligibility are based on Employee's current assignment.  A license or certificate can only be applied once to salary building.

If an employee's advanced license or certificate is not on the list, DPS has a process to add it to the list.  The employee must submit a proposal to HR Connect by following the instructions on the Advanced License Qualification Application form for final review.  The license or certificate must meet the six criteria outlined below in order to be considered:

  1. Exceed the entry level requirements called for by the district and the Colorado Department of Education.
  2. Be renewable through a process that may require further demonstration of expertise.
  3. Enhance and be directly related to, aligned with, or supportive of the employee's current role, or temporary assignment covered by the DCTA Bargaining Unit.
  4. The license or certificate process must require: Documented or supervised practical experience or reflective practice verified by the licensing agency.
  5. Passing an examination that requires rigorous content knowledge.
  6. Demonstration of results by exceeding national benchmarks for performance set by the licensing agency.

NOTE: The following licenses or cerificates are NOT ELIGIBLE for the Advance License incentive because they don't meet one or more of the above criteria:

  • Colorado Principal License or Principal/Administrator License - NOT ELIGIBLE
  • Child Development Associate credential (CDA) - NOT ELIGIBLE

Once the license or certificate meets the six criteria outlined above, submit to and the request will be delivered to the Transition Team for review and approval.

Note that there is no incentive for teachers working to earn an endorsement onto their license.

How to Receive Payment

To receive payment, submit completed form and documents to . Requirements:

  • The employee must have an active Advanced License or Certificate. Teachers who do not renew their advanced license or certificate will lose their salary increase until such time as they renew their license.
  • License renewals may be sent to .
  • Employees must be actively enrolled in ProComp and must have a status of active with benefits (AB), Active with J1 Visa-no PERA (AV), active retired (AR), leave with pay (LP), leave summer pay (LR), or leave (LF) or Leave with full pay J1 Visa-No PERA (LV) at time of payout to be eligible for this incentive.
  • To start the process, the employee submits an Advanced License Change Form  and proof of license or certificate which also includes the expiration date. 

If the Advanced License or Certificate expires, payout will be discontinued for any period of time the license/certificate is not effective. To reinstate payment for this incentive, resubmit proof of license renewal to .

Those who submit completed paperwork by the 10th of the month are paid on the end of the month paycheck.  Those submitting paperwork after the 10th of the month will see the increase on the following month's paycheck. The effective date of the increase in pay is the first of the month. The amount of incentive pay is based on the employee's current FTE.


Recognized Licenses and Certificates

The following is a list of licenses and certificates previously accepted by the ProComp Transition Team as meeting the standards outlined by the 3.5 committee established by Section of the ProComp agreement.  Analysis of other licenses and certificates will be performed by the Department of Human Resources.  

Bargaining Unit Assignment

Recognized Licenses  


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Career Tech License 6 (Only if issued prior to 1/1/2001)

Library Media Specialist

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

School Counselors

National Certified School Counselor (NCSC) 2

Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (DORA) 3          
National Certified Counselor (NCC) 3          
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Speech Language Pathologist

Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)  

Audiologist/Teacher of the Deaf   & Hard of Hearing

Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)

American Board of Audiology (ABA)  

Certified Auditory Verbal Specialist (CAVS) 4             

School Psychologist

National Certificate in School Psychology (NCSP)

Licensed Psychologist (LP) (DORA) 2

American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSN) 5             

School Social Worker

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (DORA)  

Teacher of the Vision Impaired

ACVREP Certification

Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS)

Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT)

School Nurse  

School Nurse Practitioner Certification (SNP)

Community and/or Public Health Specialty Practice 1

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 1

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) 1

National Certified School Nurse (NCSN) 1

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) (DORA)

National Asthma Educator Certification Board 7

Transition Team Actions:

1 National School Nurse Certification (NSNC) License was added December 14, 2005.  NCSN is subsequent license (changed December, 2010).

2 Licenses added January 18, 2006

3 Licenses added March 14, 2006

4 License Added May 14, 2006

5 License Added March 14, 2007

6 License Added August 21, 2008

7 License Added May 13, 2015