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Request to Remove Voluntary Inactive

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After successfully logging in, you are ready to submit an application from your TIMS dashboard!

  1. Click on the button “Update Existing Certificates.”
    Screenshot of TIMS - red arrow pointing to the Update Existing Certificates button

  2. Select the Credential Type you are applying for.
    Screenshot of Update Credential box.  Arrow pointing to Request Removal of Voluntary Inactive Status

  3. Once you select the Credential Type, TIMS will automatically list the qualifying credentials.  They will already be checked, so all you need to do is click “Continue” and confirm you wish to proceed with the application.

  4. Answer the good moral character questions.

  5. Confirm your demographic details are accurate and up to date.

  6. Step 3 will ask you to read and electronically sign the details regarding the Removal of the Voluntary Inactive Status.
    Update Credential Screenshot - with arrows pointing to Applicant Name - Date and a checkbox

NOTE: We are unable to approve the application until the completion of 1 credit/30 hours of approved CPE coursework is listed in PERMS.  If you have questions concerning submission of the 30 hours of approved CPE coursework, please review the Act 48 FAQs or contact the Act 48 office at RA-EDAct48@pa.govbefore submitting the application.

  1. The Summary Page will list documents that you have to gather and send to our office AFTER you pay and submit the online portion of your application. TIMS is unable to auto-evaluate the application to determine if previously submitted documents pertain to the current application you are submitting. In those cases, there may still be documents you are required to submit that are not listed on your application cover sheet. 

  2. Choose your payment option (credit card or money order). TIMS does not accept American Express. If you receive an error message before submitting your payment information, wait three hours and try again.

  3. Submit your application.

  4. After you submit your application in TIMS, you will be given the option of printing your cover sheet. Print the cover sheet. Submit all required documents along with the cover sheet to the address provided on the cover sheet. The cover sheet is always available on your TIMS dashboard for future mailings.
    image of TIMS Application Coversheet

NOTE:  If the cover sheet does not indicate any proof documents are required, there is still the possibility that additional documentation will be required. In that event, you will be contacted by your certification evaluator at the time of the evaluation. 

An application is considered complete and ready to be evaluated only AFTER all documentation necessary for the evaluation has been received by PDE. The processing wait time begins at the date your status is determined “Awaiting Evaluation.” Applications with an answer other than “no” to a good moral character question will take longer. 

  1. Check the Status of Your Application

  • Incomplete: You started an application but have not yet submitted it. 
  • Submitted for Educ or Work Exp Verification: You submitted your application and it is now waiting for an electronic verification of your preparation program (IHE) or work experience (LEA).  Click the "Track Progress" link to view the pending entity.
  • Pending Documentation: PDE is still waiting for your required documents.   Click the "Track Progress" link to view the pending documentation.
  • Awaiting Evaluation: The TIMS system has determined your application is complete and is now waiting for staff in our office to review your application by the "awaiting evaluation" date. PDE posts the estimated application processing time at the TIMS log-in screen. Applications with an answer other than "no" to a good moral character question will take longer. 
  • Pending Additional Documentation: The PDE evaluation has occurred and you now need to submit additional information in order to complete the evaluation. Please check your email to look for the specific requirements outlined by your evaluator.  Click the "Track Progress" link to view the pending documentation and/or the Send Back available for your application.
  • Pending Test Score: The PDE evaluation has occurred and you need to complete a test(s) in order to be issued a PA certificate.  Click the "Track Progress" link to view the pending test and/or the Send Back available for your application

For any additional questions, first view the TIMS FAQ before contacting PDE. 

You can also view Act 48’s FAQs for additional Continuing Education questions.