The Miami Herald reported that Florida and North Carolina lead the nation in Certified Teachers. There are over 1800 certified teachers in Florida and over 1400 in North Carolina. It takes 3 years to complete the National Board Certification process which is a voluntary certification. Florida teachers do qualify for some bonus money when they are certified for a certain time period. Certification is a good step towards helping improve the quality of teaching in the State of Florida and other States. I whole heartedly support teachers who want to improve themselves and take on the additional responsibility and dedication of becoming board certified. You can read more about the recent statistics at Florida Leads Nation in Board Certification for Teachers.