Certification - To apply for a Professional ESA Certificate
LanguagesA-Z IndexPrinter Friendly Image

For questions:
   9:00am-4:30pm - M-W-Th-F
   10:00am-4:30pm - Tuesday
   Contact Us

ESD Fingerprinting locations

Refund Policy

Teachers Administrators ESA CTE

Educational Staff Associate

To apply for a Professional ESA Certificate
(for School Counselor and School Psychologist) (valid for five years*)


Fingerprint/Background check requirement:
Any applicant who does not have a valid Washington educator certificate at time of application must complete the fingerprint and background check requirement. Supporting documentation:

Washington issues the professional educational staff associate (ESA) certificate in the following two roles. Role-specific requirements are listed below. The professional ESA is the second-tier certificate in Washington. If you do/have not already hold/held an ESA certificate for the role in Washington, you may need to provide additional documentation showing you meet requirements for a residency ESA certificate for the role.

  • Issues of Abuse: The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an ESA to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.
    • Suicide Prevention Training - Effective July 1, 2015, the candidate shall attest to the completion of a Professional Educator Standards Board approved suicide prevention training within the previous five years. The training program must be at least three hours in length. (RCW 28A.410.226)
  • One of the following options:
    • Hold a school counselor certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards* (NBPTS) (school counselors only);
    • Hold a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) certificate issued by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (school psychologists only);
    • Successfully complete an approved Professional ESA Certificate Program. (school counselors only)
      For information about Professional ESA Certificate programs, please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board Web site.

    * Professional ESA school counselor certificates issued on the basis of holding a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) school counselor certificate will have a validity of five years or the validity of the NBPTS certificate, whichever is greater.


Download Certification Forms




   Updated 11/16/2016

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  360-725-6000  TTY 360-664-3631
Contact Us    |    A-Z Index    |    Site Info    |    Staff Only    |    Education Data System (EDS)