According to state board policy, 5.201, all educators must be evaluated annually by a certified evaluator. The department conducts certification and recertification training, administers certification tests, issues evaluator credentials, and provides continuous evaluator support for the TEAM rubric.

To conduct observations, educators must be a certified. Conducting observations without full certification is a grievable offense. Certification entails participating in an official state-sponsored TEAM training and passing the subsequent online certification test. Certification is valid through the end of the current school year regardless of the certification date.

All evaluator certification training for 2020-21 is virtual. The certification window is from June 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021. Certification is valid until June 2021.