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Professional Administrator Certificate Maintenance and Renewal

An administrator professional certificate has a five-year expiration date. To renew the certificate, the administrator must complete four, one-year Professional Growth Plans (PGPs), completed since the certificate was issued, (see Template - PGP for Certificate Renewal link). At the end of the five-year period, a completed SPI Form 1656B must be submitted along with your application materials.

Template Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal

Annual Professional Growth Plan (PGP) Verification Continuing Education Credit Hours (Clock Hours) and PGP Equivalency Form SPI 1128-8 (PDF)

Administrator Professional Certificate (ProCert) Renewal FAQ

Do I need to address all six standards as part of my four 1-year PGPs?
No, all six standards do not have to be addressed. Renewal of the administrator professional certificate is a job-embedded, contextualized professional development and certification process. As such, administrators are expected to address standards based on their needs assessment.

More than one supervisor signed my PGP forms over the past five years. Which supervisor needs to sign the verification form?
The supervisor, supervisor designee, or appointed representative who signs the fourth PGP should also sign the verification form. Be sure to have copies of the previous four PGPs for the supervisor’s verification. Remember, it is your responsibility to maintain your certificate; be sure to keep the original PGP documents in a safe place.

I am leaving my position as a principal or program administrator. How do I renew my administrator certificate if I am no longer serving in the role?
If you have a professional certificate and are not employed in the role, you may have your professional certificate renewed for an additional five-year period by:

  • completion of fifteen quarter credits (ten semester credits) of college credit course work directly related to the current performance-based leadership standards from a regionally accredited institution of higher education taken since the issuance of the professional certificate, or
  • completion of 150 clock hours since the certificate was issued which relate to the career level benchmarks posted at; or
  • completion of four PGPs developed annually since the certificate was issued. The PGPs must document the formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the six standards and career level benchmarks (see link above). Please note that all six standards do not need to be addressed in each PGP, only the standard(s) which are chosen based on the educator’s needs assessment.

How do I renew my professional or continuing teaching certificate?
Continuing teaching certificates are renewed by completing 150 clock hours every five years. However, administrators may waive 30 hours of continuing education requirements for each completed PGP.

This waiver also applies to professional teaching certificates. See form 4034 for details (question 10).

How do I renew my professional or continuing ESA certificate?
Professional or continuing ESA certificates are renewed by completing 150 clock hours every five years or by completing four one-year PGPs developed annually since the certificate was issued. The clock hour waiver option described above for renewing teaching certificates also applies to ESA certificates.

I have a residency teaching certificate. How do I earn a professional teaching certificate when I’m no longer teaching?
When the residency teacher certificate is first issued, it has no expiration date until the individual has completed 1.5 years of teaching, as reported by a public school in Washington.  At that time, you will apply for reissuance and the reissued certificate will be valid for three years.

To earn a professional teaching certificate, you must pass the ProTeach Portfolio, or earn national board certification prior to your residency teaching certificate expiring. To complete the ProTeach Portfolio, candidates must be able to complete the three portfolio entries, including providing student work and classroom instructional evidence from their teaching that addressed the professional certificate standards and criteria. In other words, you must have access to a P-12 classroom to gather evidence. Additional information is located as

I want to apply my focused evaluation growth activities toward my PGP for this year? How do I do that?
Complete Form 1697 PGP Template for Cert Renewal

  1. Insert the goals from your focused evaluation.
  2. Describe the rationale used to determine the goals.
  3. Align them with the career level standards for the appropriate certificate you are renewing.
  4. List the activities you will engage in and the evidence that will show progress toward the goals.
  5. After you have completed the activities, describe the evidence you collected and how it relates to the activities.
  6. Reflect on the learning as a result of the activities.
  7. Review the plan and results of activities with a WA certificated educator (this may be the supervisor who oversaw your focused evaluation if agreeable to both parties).
  8. Have the WA certificated educator sign the PGP Form 1697.
    • Understand: The intentional misrepresentation of a material fact in this form subjects the certificate holder to revocation of his/her certificate pursuant to chapter 180-85 WAC.
    • Keep the signed PGP, and related documents, in your records until one year after the expiration date of the applicable certificate.

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Includes details on the documents needed and process to obtain certification.

Electronic Certification Application




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