Individuals can only obtain one renewal of the residency certificate before they must meet requirements for and
obtain the professional teacher (advanced-level) certificate. The residency teacher certificate may be renewed
once (see exception), in one of the following ways:
- Attest intention to register to complete the ProTeach external and uniform assessment on
(registration requires individuals to hold or have held a residency certificate and have at least 1.5 FTE of
accumulated experience reported by a Washington school district or documented by
a private school). Renewal is valid for two years.
- National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Assessment: Individuals who are a
candidate and have been assessed for NBPTS certification can obtain a renewal valid for two years.
www.boardcertifiedteachers.org. (Individuals need verification of assessment to obtain renewal. NBPTS is
changing their submission process and assessment results, for those not
currently in the process to submit all entries in Spring 2014, will not receive
results until Fall 2017. Individuals should plan carefully so that renewal can be accomplished prior to their expiration date and not the September
following the expiration date.)
Exception: Individuals who hold a 2-year residency renewal who submit and fail the ProTeach online assessment or NBPTS assessment
are eligible for an additional 2-year residency renewal. Individuals who had a break in service (leave of absence,
RIF, unemployed, etc.) may be eligible for an additional 2-year residency renewal. Individuals who do not submit
for the ProTeach or NBPTS online assessment during the first 2-year renewal do not have any options for renewal of the
residency certificate and must have a five-year break in service before they can seek employment in a
Washington public school and obtain a transitional certificate to complete the ProTeach or NBPTS online assessment.
(Please contact the Certification office for a determination of your eligibility to apply for this renewal exception.)
For an overview of the flowchart of Residency Certificate Renewal requirements select:
Residency Certification Timeline
For details on the documents needed and process to obtain this certificate, please see the application.
Note: Application is used for renewal options 1-4
Includes details on the documents needed and process to obtain certification.
benefits of applying online