To renew the Professional Certificate, 150 clock hours of approved continuing
education study and/or equivalent academic credit must be completed since the
issuance of the most recent certificate. All continuing education credit hours
shall relate to:
Some clock hours must be related to the standards, and some must relate to salary criteria.
By completing the professional growth plan as defined in
WAC 181-79A-030. Individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours. Completed PGPS qualify for the renewal requirements of other certificates held.
The professional growth plans must document formalized learning opportunities
and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career
level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-79A-270. Individuals may apply their
focused evaluation professional growth activities of the evaluation system
toward the professional growth plan for certificate renewal.
For further information regarding Professional Growth plans please visit the
PESB web page.
An expired professional certificate issued under rules in effect prior to September 1, 2014, may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application.
Beginning September 1, 2014, four professional growth plans developed annually during the validity period of the certificate are required for renewal. Clock hour and/or equivalent academic credits outside of the PGP will no longer meet the renewal requirements for certificates issued after September 1, 2014.
Template – Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal
In lieu of the above clock hours or professional growth plans, present a copy of a valid certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).