Advanced Board Member Certification

Ongoing professional development for school board members is vital to maximize their contribution to the school board and superintendent governance team. Each June at the Igniting Great Ideas Summit, MSBA recognizes school board members for continuing their learning beyond the state-required CBM Essential Training for new board members. Applications may be submitted at any time, but are due no later than May 1. Engraved certification plaques will be presented during the MSBA Igniting Great Ideas Summit.  Contact MSBA for credit verification forms for participation in NSBA virtual events.


  • Earn MSBA Essential certification
  • Fulfill Refresher Training requirement through MSBA for current year
  • Earn 12 additional credits
  • Attend two MSBA core meetings; at least one in year of application
  • Read two books related to education or board governance topics from the MSBA Booklist for Reading Requirement
  • Write a brief, two to three page reflection paper discussing what you learned in the context of your district and board service

Here are the forms and information you will need for Advanced certification.


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Core Meetings

MSBA events: Legislative Lunch & Learn Webinars, Regional Meetings, Igniting Great Ideas Summit, Delegate Assembly, Safe Schools and Colleges Forum, Annual Conference; NSBA events: Annual Conference, Equity Symposium, CUBE Conference; COSSBA: Annual Conference, Urban Boards Alliance Symposium.

Credit Requirement

Credit is awarded for participation in MSBA/CES conference concurrent sessions, regional meetings, and webinars; participation in MSBA Delegate Assemblies, online training, whole board workshops, board self evaluation; observing board meetings in other districts; reading extra books; and attending NSBA or COSSBA conference sessions.

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Book Requirement

Books must pertain to education or to board governance, must be authored in the last ten years, and must be at least 100 pages in length. Books must be on the approved booklist, unless prior permission is obtained from

Online Booklist
Printed Booklist

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Remember, you’ll need your MSBA login and password to access these member-only documents. If you forgot your password, email Eileen Woody, for assistance.