Certification - Probationary CTE Certificate (valid for 2 years and is renewable)
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Probationary CTE Certificate (valid for 2 years and is renewable)



  • The candidate must have substantially completed requirements for the initial CTE certificate
  • The applicant must be recommended by the employing school district.
  • The candidate and CTE administrator must have a jointly developed professional growth plan which has been approved by the local school district CTE program advisory committee.

Professional Growth Plan must provide for:

  • Issues related to legal liability
  • The responsibilities of professional CTE educators
  • The lines of authority in the employing school district and/or building
  • Within 60 days, establish procedures for development of competencies in CTE methods, and General and specific safety.
  • If the candidate does not have access to required coursework in the first 90 days, the CTE program advisory committee may authorize completion of coursework at a later date. Coursework must be completed prior to the second year of employment.
  • Procedures and timelines for meeting the remaining requirements for the initial CTE certificate.

Renewal. The probationary CTE certificate may be renewed one time for 2 additional years:

  • Upon recommendation by the employing district,
  • If the individual has completed the procedures outlined for the first year in the professional growth plan, and
  • If the individual has made additional progress in meeting the requirements for initial CTE teacher certificate, see initial CTE.
  • For the Business and Industry Route, here is where you can find program information:
    Washington Professional Standards Board- approved program.

Probationary Certificate as Coordinator of Work-Based Learning:

The candidate must have completed a course in coordination techniques and have either:

  • A valid initial or continuing CTE teacher certificate, or
  • Completed 500 hrs of occupational experience within the past 6 yrs and hold a probationary certificate in another CTE teaching area

For details on the documents needed and process to obtain this certificate, please see the application.



Electronic Certification Application



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