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Administrators Certification

We offer two ways to apply for your certification.

Electronic Certification Application

Online Electronic Certification
It is our preference that you apply online using the electronic system.
Application (benefits of applying online)

OR

Download Certification Forms

Download and Print

If you prefer to use the downloadable forms, here are the steps: 1) locate and save the appropriate form(s) to your desktop; 2) open the file and fill in the information using the fields provided; 3) print and verify application is complete before mailing. Forms

NOTE: In order to access the pdf files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5.0 or higher) installed on your computer.

Fingerprints: Any applicant who does not hold a valid Washington certificate at the time of application must be fingerprinted for a state and national background check. We urge applicants to submit fingerprints as soon as possible. To submit fingerprints electronically in person (no inked card is required, and the process is often much faster) contact an ESD to arrange for scanning of fingerprints.

If you are unable to come in person, you can request fingerprint cards by sending an email with your name and mailing address to cert@k12.wa.us.

Fee Payment: Fees are not refundable. Please ensure you select and submit the correct application as the OSPI $33 fee will not apply toward a future or corrected application and will need to be paid with each application submitted. Refund Policy

Puget Sound ESD 121 and Northwest ESD 189 are no longer processing certification applications. Please contact another ESD for your certification activities.

 

 

 

 

 

General Use
(Non-Vocational)
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  1. Request for Replacement Certificate or Request for Name Change on Certificate
  2. (for individuals who hold or have held a Washington certificate and have lost it, or wish to change the name on their certificate) [eCert or Paper]
  3. Substitute Certificate (any role)
    (for individuals who hold or have held a regular Washington certificate) [eCert or Paper]
  4. Maintenance (renewal) of the Continuing Certificate (for individuals who hold valid Continuing certificates that require 150 clock hours for maintenance) [This form is the same for teachers, ESA's, and administrators] [eCert or Paper]
  5. Verification of Active Duty Military Service (automatic extension of expiration date) (for individuals in Reserves/National Guard who are called up to active military service) [eCert or Paper]

 

Administrator Certificates
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  1. Administrator Certification Application
    (for individuals who have never held a Washington administrator certificate and who have completed requirements outside Washington) [eCert or Paper]
  2. Additional Administrator Certification in the Following Roles (for individuals who hold or have held a Washington administrator certificate) or 
    Continuing Administrator Certificate Application in the following roles:
    - Principal [eCert or Paper]
    - Program Administrator [eCert or Paper]
    - Superintendent [eCert or Paper]
  3. Residency Administrator Reissuance  
    (for individuals who hold or have held a Washington Residency Principal or Program Administrator certificate, and have completed two years of employment in the role in Washington)[eCert or Paper]
  4. Maintenance (renewal) of the Continuing Certificate  
    (for individuals who hold a valid Continuing Administrator certificate that requires 150 clock hours for maintenance)
    [This form is the same for teachers, ESA's, and administrators] [eCert or Paper]
  5. Continuing Certification Reinstatement
    (for individuals who have held a Continuing Administrator certificate, which has lapsed. Note: Contact OSPI Certification office first) 
    [This form is the same for teachers, ESA's, and administrators] [eCert or Paper]
Limited Administrator Certificates
  1. Emergency Principal
    (for individuals who have substantially completed a principal preparation program - application must be approved by a school district which cannot find a certificated administrator for the position) 
    [This form is the same for teachers, ESA's, and administrators] [eCert or Paper]
  2. Substitute Certificate (any role) (valid for life)
    (for individuals who hold or have held a regular Washington certificate)
    [This form is the same for teachers, ESA's, and administrators] [eCert or Paper]
  3. Transitional Certificate
    (for individuals with lapsed Continuing Certificate - application must be approved by a school district) [eCert or Paper]

 

Clock Hour
(Continuing Education Clock Hour)

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  1. Maintenance (renewal) of the Continuing Certificate
    (for individuals who hold valid Continuing certificates that require 150 clock hours for maintenance) [This form is the same for teachers, ESA's, and administrators]
  2. Renewal of the Professional Certificate  
    (for individuals who hold a valid Professional Teaching certificate that requires 150 clock hours to renew)
  3. Clock Hour Equivalents (NBPTS)
    (For NBPTS assessment submission or certification)
  4. Clock Hour Equivalents (Supervisor)
    (For individuals designated "supervisor" for the professional development of others)
  5. Professional Growth Plan and Record of Continuing Education  
    (for individuals who wish to earn clock hours through completion of a professional growth plan)
  6. Clock Hour Equivalents (First Peoples')
    (For in-service training or continuing education in first peoples' language, culture, or oral tribal traditions provided by a sovereign tribal government.

 

For Institutional Use

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  1. RUSH Request Form
    (for use by district superintendents/personnel directors and private school administrators)
  2. College/University Forms
    (forms for use within Washington colleges/universities only)

 

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