Clearance Requirements

PCA teaching artists are required to maintain current clearances in accordance with Pennsylvania state law and school district policy. Clearances/certifications are a necessary step for ALL teachers, volunteers, and independent contractors working in the education field to help keep students safe from harm.

Some schools or community organizations may require that clearances are renewed every year, while some community organizations may not require them at all. It is a requirement for Northern Tier Partners for the Arts’ Teaching Artists to renew their clearances every FIVE years AND meet the host organization’s requirements.

Clearance fees are the responsibility of the teaching artist. Keep your original paperwork and submit copies to Northern Tier Partners for the Arts via email to, or mail a hard copy to 601 Main Street, Towanda, PA 18848.

Required clearances and trainings for Teaching Artists:

Act 34: Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Record Check, $22.00

Act 151: Child Abuse History Clearance, $13.00

Act 114: Federal Background Check and FBI Fingerprinting, $23.85, ENTER service code 1KG6XN. It is the PA Department of Education code for school districts.

Act 126: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training

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