EdCert VERSA Conversion


Browser Security

To protect the privacy and confidentiality of our customers, the Florida Department of Education has raised its standards for securing communication between web browsers and its interactive websites.

Browser Restrictions

If you are using an older version of a web browser, you may be blocked from logging into Department of Education interactive websites. The Department restricts access to web browsers that utilize Transport Layer Security (TLS) versions 1.1 and 1.2. The latest versions of common web browsers support TLS. Users who are blocked must update their browser before they can interact with certain Department websites.

Why update your browser?

You should always keep your browser updated. Your browser's publisher provides periodic updates as issues arise or new security features are developed. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data secure. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks, so upgrading your browser and staying current is important. Keeping your browser updated ensures a safer, more productive interactive experience.

What browsers are acceptable and how do I update?

For optimized performance and security, you must use a browser that utilizes TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2. The latest versions of the most common browsers, listed below, utilize TLS 1.1 and 1.2, and are acceptable for use with Department websites:

Common Browsers:

Make sure you're using the latest version of your browser. Check your browser version at one of the following websites, which are not affiliated with the Florida Department of Education:

Check Your Browser's Settings

Once you have updated to an acceptable browser, you should verify the applicable security settings are in place. Steps to verify and adjust the security settings for the most common browsers are outlined below:

Chrome

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Click Alt+F and select Settings
  • Scroll down and select the Show advanced settings… link
  • Under the Network section, select Change proxy settings…
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Under the Security section, locate and check Use TLS 1.1 and Use TLS 1.2
  • Select OK
  • Click the back arrow (←) or close the browser tab

Edge

  • No adjustments necessary; TLS 1.1 and 1.2 are automatically enabled in Edge.

Firefox

  • Open Firefox
  • In the Search or enter address bar, type "about:config" and Enter
  • At the warranty warning, click I'll be careful, I promise!
  • Scroll down the list; select "security.tls.version.max" and Enter
  • Make sure the value is set to "3"
  • Select OK
  • Click the back arrow (←) or close the browser tab

Internet Explorer (version 11)

  • Open Internet Explorer
  • Click Alt+T and select Internet options
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • Under the Security section, locate and check Use TLS 1.1 and Use TLS 1.2
  • Select OK

Safari

  • No adjustments necessary; TLS 1.1 and 1.2 are automatically enabled in Safari version 7 or greater.

VERSA Transition

  • No adjustments necessary; TLS 1.1 and 1.2 are automatically enabled in Safari version 7 or greater.

The Florida Department of Education launched its new Educator Certification System on November 20, 2017. This new system will streamline the application process to improve the overall experience for Florida's educators and school districts. All educators and applicants must establish a new online user account for access to the Online Licensing Service site. Over the next several weeks, the Department will disseminate widespread notices to educators, partners and other certification stakeholders regarding this exciting transition. Below is a summary of the system enhancements by audience category.

Public Search

  • New Public Certification Search allows anyone to search the educator certification system by name, certificate number or a combination of criteria, including district
  • Search results provide both current and historical certificate records
  • Search results include records of revoked certificates

Educators and Applicants

All educators and applicants must establish a new online user account for access to the Online Licensing Service site.

  • Online Licensing Service site with a secure and user-friendly interface
  • User registration and easy license link for all certified educators
  • Simple user sign-up for new certification applicants
  • Common application for all state certification actions
  • Quick Start applications for new certificates and upgrade or renewal of valid certificates
  • Ability to attach and submit documents to verify completion of requirements
  • Quick Start retrieval of current application and status
  • Secure credit or debit card payment via Visa or MasterCard
  • Requests for address or name changes will be processed immediately upon submission

School Districts and other Florida Certification Partners

  • Fast search and retrieval of applicants and their information for easier file review and employment screening
  • Common application for all state certification actions, including district employees
  • Simple submission of certification verification forms and attachments
  • Easy viewing of submitted documents and official certification correspondence
  • Improved record keeping, reducing need for paper documents and manual processing
  • Districts will request user roles (VR user or VO user) based on local staff duties and responsibilities
    • User management forms must be completed to establish new access accounts
    • Most partners from districts or authorized private organizations will only need VO user accounts
    • Select district partners who approve certification transactions will need VR user accounts
  • Ongoing partner training events will be scheduled regularly to build user knowledge and skills
  • System training facilitated prior to system launch for authorized certification partners:
    • Versa™ Regulation (VR) regional trainings for designated school district users
      • Central Regional Training: Seminole County, October 16 & 17
      • Southwest Regional Training: Sarasota County, October 19 & 20
      • Southeast Regional Training: Palm Beach County, October 23 & 24
      • Northeast Regional Training: Putman County, November 7 & 8
      • Northwest Regional Training: Leon County, November 14 & 15
    • Versa™ Online Staff (VO) training for designated public or private users