Certification - For Those Who Hold A Probationary CTE Teacher Certificate
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Career Tech Educator Certification

For Those Who Hold A Probationary CTE Teacher Certificate

A probationary career and technical education teacher certificate authorizes service as a career and technical education (vocational) teacher in Washington school districts or skills centers.

If you hold a PROBATIONARY CTE TEACHER CERTIFICATE you have the following options:


More information on the CTE Director internship, please contact:
Robert Eckert & Sue Schlegel



To Re-apply for a Probationary CTE Teacher Certificate
(valid for two years)



  • Has held the probationary CTE teacher certificate
  • Does not meet the requirements for an initial CTE teacher certificate.

All the following:

  • The candidate has completed training required under the prior probationary plan to develop competencies in the following:
    - CTE methods
    - General and specific safety
  • The employing school district must request a probationary CTE teacher certificate
  • The CTE instructor candidate shall have developed a professional growth plan in cooperation with the CTE administrator
  • The plan must be approved by the local school district CTE program advisory committee to which the candidate is assigned
  • The plan shall provide for orientation in the following prior to the commencement of the teaching assignment:
    - Issues related to legal liability
    - The responsibilities of professional CTE educators
    - The lines of authority in the employing school district and/or building
  • If the CTE instructor candidate does not have access to the required course work within the first 90 working days, the local school district CTE program advisory committee may authorize the completion of the course work at a later date. The required course work shall be completed prior to the second year of employment
  • Procedures and timelines must be developed in the plan for the CTE instructor candidates to meet the requirements for the initial CTE certificate

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


This certificate is initiated by the school district. Please log into your Education Data System (EDS) portal to claim the certificate.

Download Certification Forms





To Apply for an Initial CTE Teacher Certificate
(valid for four 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 Teacher or CTE National Board certificate to advance to the Continuing CTE certificate. More information on the application.

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



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

Download Certification Forms




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