The MLMTA Professional Certification Program is a voluntary program designed to improve the level of professionalism within the field of music teaching. It benefits the members of the profession itself, as well as the public who interacts with the professional. For the music teaching professional, certification provides prestige, recognition and the potential for student recruitment and increased earning power. For the pubic, certification helps readily identify competent music teachers in their communities. The program is based upon a set of five standards defining what a competent music teacher should know and be able to do. All music teachers actively engaged in the profession are eligible for MTNA Professional Certification. For further information concerning certification, go to www.mtnacertification.org.