The MTNA Professional Certification Program exists to improve the level of professionalism within the music teaching field. It benefits members of the profession itself, as well as the public who interacts with the profession. For the music teaching professional, certification provides prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. For the public, certification helps readily identify competent music teachers in their communities.
The designation of Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) is given to successful candidates who meet the professional competencies and standards required for MNTA certification. All music teachers actively engaged in the profession are eligible for MTNA Professional Certification.