Certification - Initial CTE (valid for four years; renewable for three years)
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Career Tech Educator Certification

Initial CTE (valid for four years; renewable for three years)


The first regular CTE certificate issued to CTE teachers in Washington is the Initial CTE Teacher Certificate. An applicant must document the following:

Preparation and Experience (College/University Route)

Preparation and Experience (Business & Industry Route)

  • Have completed a Washington Professional Standards Board- approved program for the business and industry route, and
  • Document 3 years (6,000 hours) of paid occupational experience in the specific CTE subcategory/specialty area for which certification is sought. One year (2,000 hours) must be within the past 6 years. If any of the 2,000 hours is more than 6 years old, 300 hours of the experience must be within the past 2 years. Verification can be letters from past employers (indicating how long you worked for them); pay stubs; w2's; and paid teaching experience verified by the district.

You may use your CTE National Board certificate to advance to the Continuing CTE certificate. More information on the application.

With a CTE National Board certifate you cannot add any endorsement.



Please note: The forms 4075E, 4075G, 4075H, 4075F, 4075S, 4075P must be submitted with your application or mailed with your official transcripts.

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