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Help With TIMS

TIMS may be unavailable on Fridays from 7:30 AM to 8 AM for technical updates and servicing.

Current processing time: approximately 8 weeks (once your application reaches "awaiting evaluation" status).

We highly recommend using Internet Explorer or Firefox to access TIMS. Chrome and Safari users experience technical difficulties, which includes payment processing issues.

If you experience issues logging in to TIMS, please call the IT Help Desk: 717-783-1087. If you have questions about the application process in TIMS or experience an issue while submitting your application, please send a detailed email to ra-edcertquestions@pa.gov. Include a screenshot and/or the error message.

View answers to frequently asked questions about TIMS.

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Information For Applicants

Are you a first-time TIMS user? Watch this brief YouTube video to learn how to complete your certification in TIMS.

We offer the following user guides:

Submitting an Application

    • All educator certification applications
    • Certificate of Preliminary Education (Funeral Director, nursing)
    • Public Librarian Certificate

Submitting an Application That Requires Work Experience

Submitting an Emergency Permit Request (only if directed by a public school entity)

Printing your Certificate

Obtaining A Frameable Certificate

Changing Your Name/Citizenship Status/Social Security Number

Voluntary Inactive

Removal Voluntary Inactive

Information For Educational Entities (PreK to 12)

We offer the following user guides for School Districts, Charter Schools, Career and Technology Centers, and Approved Private Schools:

Emergency Permit User Guide

Emergency Permit Webinar (YouTube)

Emergency Permit Webinar (PowerPoint)

Coming Soon - Work Affirmation User Guide