Continuing Education (Clock Hours) Information
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Continuing Education (Clock Hours) Information

How to Become a Clock Hour Provider
Washington does require that providers of continuing education for educators become approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board. Approval of agencies as providers of clock hours only occurs once a year with approval running from October 1 to September 30th for agencies that apply for approval by July 15 . In order to seek approval, agencies must be non-profit, a school district, private school, a regionally accredited college/university, or a local, state or federal government agency. 

There is not a mechanism in our rules for an individual to obtain approval for a class as clock hours. We are also not able to accept hours, such as CEU's, Contact Hours, Professional Development Units (PDU's) etc., in place of approved clock hours. Classes/Conferences must first be set up by an approved provider as an approved clock hour class for individuals to request the clock hours. If classes are not approved as clock hours by a provider prior them being held, the rules do not allow for classes to be approved as clock hours after the class has been held. College credit at the freshman level or above from any regionally accredited institution can be used in place of approved clock hours in our system. Our office does not approve course content, the content would be approved by the agency granting the clock hours under their approval as a provider. 

The rules for clock hours, is available online at: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=181-85. There is no fee for agencies to seek approval as a providers of clock hours.

If your agency wishes to hold a program before the next approval period, you would need to have a currently approved provider co-sponsor your program as approved clock hours. If you are working with specific school districts, you may wish to indicate to them that they will need to arrange for any approved clock hours. All school districts in Washington are approved as providers of clock hours, however, some do not have the resources to utilize that approval and rely on a regional service district to provide the clock hours for their program. You may also wish to check the list of agencies that are approved to offer clock hours (available at the above link) to see if you already have a relationship with any of them and if they would then be willing to co-sponsor your program as clock hours.

The form to obtain approval of your organization is here:

Approved organizations who need the official clock hour form should contact our office.

New information regarding the paperless process to renew a continuing certificate. Read more.

Frequently Asked Clock Hour Questions

Acceptable Clock Hour Documentation

ESA certification and License Hours

Approved Provider Information

  • Public School Districts - All Washington School Districts are approved
  • Professional Organizations/Colleges/ESDs 2014-15
  • Private School Associations/Conferences/Dioceses 2014-15
  • Private Schools 2013-14

Approved provider list for previous years

PLEASE NOTE: Not all classes offered by the above providers result in Washington State approved clock hours. Check with the organization to determine if a particular course is approved for clock hours. Also, these providers are approved to offer clock hours for this year only.


  Application

There are two ways to submit Clock Hours (for Continuing Certificates only):

Electronic Certification Application

OR

Download Certification Forms

 

 

 

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