professional development iconFIRST® Certified Professional Development

Available in the US and select locations in Mexico and Canada

For over 25 years, FIRST has been inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The FIRST Certified Professional Development program is dedicated to helping teachers get the most out of FIRST programs and the accompanying educational resources.

FIRST provides professional development for teachers to acquire or strengthen their facilitation skills for project based learning curriculum and 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving and teamwork in an active learning environment. FIRST Certified Professional Development is a two-day learning experience that will provide teachers with all the tools they need to bring one of the FIRST programs to their classroom or as an extracurricular activity. These professional development programs are led by FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers.

FIRST Certified Professional Development is available for FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge and can be offered on site at your location or at one of our centrally located options.

Professional Development - 2018 Sessions


  • Atlanta, Georgia – July 24-25 – North Springs Charter High School
  • Compton, California – August 6-9 – site TBD
  • Manchester, New Hampshire – August 21-22 – FIRST® Place

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FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers

Are you interested in supporting and inspiring teachers to develop their skills while learning to deliver FIRST programs? FIRST is looking for highly qualified, dynamic individuals to become FIRST Certified Teacher Trainers. Learn more.