MSBO Certification

How do I renew my certificate?

Chief Financial Officer: You must accrue 137 hours of professional development and 13 hours of the Group Solutions Seminar or Leadership Institute within 5 years after being awarded your certificate.

Business Office Manager: You must accrue 77 hours of professional development and 13 hours of the Group Solutions Seminar or Leadership Institute within 5 years after being awarded your certificate.

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What do I need to do to maintain my certification?

Continuing eduction requirements must be approved, job-related education and the following must be completed within a five-calendar-year period from the time you received your certification.

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Where do I register for classes?

Most classes are offered through MIEM with online registration. In order to take advantage of member rates, your district must be a member of MIEM. If you are registering for classes through MSBO, you must be a member of MSBO as an individual to take advantage of the member rate. Introduction to School Business and Group Solutions are offered only through MSBO.

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How and when are classes offered?

Each year MSBO & MIEM provide a yearly schedule for certification classes. Each class will be offered at least once in a three-year period. Many classes are offered every year or every other year based on the need. The Overview provides information on the classes required for each certification track and how often the classes are offered.

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Can I get more than one certification?

Yes. Just remember that the certification is good for five years. Each certification track except for the Chief Financial Officer requires 90 hours of professional development to maintain the certification. The Chief Financial Officer certification track requires 150 hours. If you are in the renewal stages of more than one track, you need to maintain the full hour requirements in one track and 45 hours in the other. These must be separate hours for each track -- an event counts only once for one track one time.

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What if I cannot meet my deadline date?

Extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis. If you are not able to meet your deadline date, complete and return the request for extension.

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What do I have to do to get my certificate?

If you have completed all the class requirements, complete the final application and submit it with the necessary documents as outlined in the application.

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How do I check my certification status online?

View  the status of your certification online. Just login with your MIEM login and password then click on the Certification link at the top of the page.

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Which certification track should I apply for?

It depends on your current responsibilities and your long-term goal. If you have the prerequisites for a certification track, the recommendation would be to go for that certification.

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How do I know if I am a candidate for grandparenting?

You are a candidate if you have over five years of school experience and satisfy the prerequisites of the certification track you wish to be certified in. If you think you have experience or have taken classes that may be used toward a certification track, complete the grandpareting application and return it to MSBO. Determination is made on a case-by-case basis.

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How do I know what I need to complete the program?

When you complete the letter of commitment or the application for grandparenting, a confirmation letter is sent to you with a transcript to indicate the classes required to take to complete the certification program.

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How much does the certification program cost?

Each six-hour class is $160 for a MIEM member and $220 for a non-member. Three-hour classes are $90 for a MIEM member and $120 for a non-member. Each certification track has different requirements. There is an initial certification fee of $60 and a renewal fee every five years of $30. To receive your certification, you must be an MSBO member; and the cost of membership is $135 per year.

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How do I become certified?

If you have less than five years of school experience, you will want to fill out the letter of commitment. If you have over five years of school experience, please fill out the grandparenting application to determine if you can be grandparented. All certification tracks have an opportunity to grandparent except the Chief Financial Officer track.

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Why should I become MSBO certified?

Obtaining certification demonstrates a dedication to your profession and offers a base of useful information taught by seasoned practitioners. School districts that hire business officials believe certification matters. The MSBO Certification Program has been endorsed by the Michigan Association of School Administrators and Michigan Association of School Boards.

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