Hello...I'm an NBCT (renewed in 2010) and recentlyly retired. National Board Certification was an invaluable experience. My reasons for pursuing National Board Certification were to improve my craft through professional development. The pay raise was an added plus. The best thing that came about as a result of being certified was the wealth of professional opportunities I was offered as a result of being an NBCT. For example I was invited to receive training on a new state initiated hands on science curriculum and followed up by training teachers in schools all over West Virginia. I participated on a committee that rewrote West Virginia's new science standards and continued to mentor other teachers in their science teaching. In addition I was later involved in other related work with National Board. Although I had always been involved in committees, trainings and other professional development activities, the opportunities that I was able to take advantage of after being certified were the most beneficial of my teaching career. I highly recommend going for NB certification.