Funny story, the job I ended up getting midseason was one I had applied for from out of state. I looked through my emails and found one from the HS Head Director, saying they wouldn't consider me without a certificate.. I had activated mine the year before expecting to get a call. You also stand a better chance once you're here. Don't count out a head directorship at a smaller school. Assistants work their butts off. ALL middle school directors work their butts off.