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The Certification Office is excited to announce the launch of our new website!
Our goal was to create a user-friendly, self-guiding website which makes navigating the Washington state certification process efficient and easy to understand.

The Certification Office will be closed April 6, 2018 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. due to professional development
training for staff members. Normal office hours will resume on April 7, 2018.

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Teacher Certificates

Select this for Teacher and CTE Applicants*

How to Apply >

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Administrator Certificates

Select this for Principal, Program Administrator and Superintendent Applicants*

How to Apply >

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Educational Staff Associate Certificates

Select this for School Psychologist, Counselor, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Nurse, Social Worker and Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist Applicants*

How to Apply >

Quick Links

How to Print Your Certificate - Instructions for printing the official copy of your certificate.

How to Add an Endorsement - Find out the current requirements to add an endorsement to your certificate.

Teacher Assessment Information - Accepted teacher assessments necessary for certification.

Clock Hour Information - Current and past clock hour providers and how to become a clock hour provider.

Clock Hour Documentation Information - Forms and accepted documentation for reporting clock hours

Application Processing Status - Applications we are currently processing.

Paraeducator - Updated information on paraeducator certification

Troops to Teachers - Veterans transitioning to a career in education.

Career and Technical Education - Information on obtaining CTE certification.

Rules and Regulation Changes - Up-to-date information about changes made to rules and regulations regarding certification.


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Our hours

For walk-in customers:

    8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily
    All application fees must be receipted by 4 p.m. (our office accepts checks or money orders)

To call:

    9:00am-4:30pm - M-W-Th-F
    10:00am-4:30pm - Tuesday

In order to better serve you when contacting our office, please provide us with your certificate number or your complete name and date of birth.

*Military Spouse or Military Personnel
After you complete your application online through E-certification, please contact our office for expedited review.



   Updated 3/19/2018

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA    98504-7200    360-725-6000  TTY 360-664-3631
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