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. If using an older version of a web browser, you may be blocked from logging into Department of Education interactive websites. Users who are blocked must update their browser before they can interact with these Department websites.

Browser Restrictions

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.

Why update your browser?

For personal security, upgrading your browser and staying current is important. Your browser's publisher provides periodic updates as issues arise or new security features are developed. Regular security updates help protect computers from malicious attacks by patching vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware, helping to keep users and their data secure. Keeping your browser updated ensures a safer, more productive interactive Web 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 use the latest version of your browser. Check your browser version at one of the following websites (not affiliated with the Florida Department of Education):

Check Your Browser's Settings

Once you update to an acceptable browser, verify the applicable security settings are in place. Follow these steps to verify and adjust the security settings for the most common browsers:

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

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

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

Edge or Safari

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

VERSA Transition

The Florida Department of Education launched its new Educator Certification System on November 20, 2017. This new system streamlines the application process to improve the overall experience for Florida's educators and school districts. 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 any combination, including district
  • Search results provide both current and historical certificate records, including 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 applications 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 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 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