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For Those Who Hold A Residency Teacher Certificate

The residency certificate enables the holder to teach in endorsed subject areas. If you DO NOT KNOW what kind of Washington certificate you hold, send an email with your full name (name used at the time of certification), date of birth, and certificate number (if known) to Professional Certification.

If you hold a VALID RESIDENCY CERTIFICATE you have the following options:






Reissuance of a Residency Teacher Certificate
(valid for three years)

Certification requirements are subject to change. The certificated professional is responsible for being knowledgeable about current and revised regulations. It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to obtain and maintain valid appropriate Washington certification to practice in this state.


The residency teacher certificate may be reissued to teachers who:

Meet requirements for enrollment in the ProTeach external online assessment. Individuals meet requirements if they have completed a total of one and one-half full-time equivalent (1.5 FTE) years of experience and are currently serving in any P-12 teaching role.

  • Individuals employed in a Washington school district will have the validity calculated based on the experience information submitted by the school district on their annual personnel report (S275 report) to OSPI. Individuals employed by a Washington school district must have their residency certificate reissued with a defined expiration date once they are eligible for enrollment in ProTeach.
  • Individuals employed in nonpublic school settings may participate in completing professional teacher certificate requirements and have their certificate reissued with a defined expiration date. It is up to the individual or their employer to determine if they wish to have their certificate reissued with a defined expiration date.
  • When a certificate is reissued, it will be valid for three years.

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   Electronic Certification Application




Renewal of a Residency Teaching Certificate

Individuals who do not submit for the ProTeach or NBPTS online assessment during the first 2-year renewal may not have any options for renewal of the residency certificate and must have a one-year break in service before they can seek employment in a Washington public school and obtain a transitional certificate to complete the ProTeach or NBPTS online assessment.

1st Two Year Renewal


Individuals can obtain a renewal of the residency certificate to meet requirements for and obtain the professional teacher (advanced-level) certificate.

  • Attest intention to register to complete the ProTeach external and uniform assessment on or the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Assessment. (registration requires individuals to hold or have held a residency certificate and have at least 1.5 FTE of accumulated experience reported by a Washington school district or documented by a private school). Renewal is valid for two years. Individuals who are already registered for the ProTeach external and uniform assessment or in the NBPTS process are eligible for renewal.

Final Renewal

Individuals who hold a 2-year residency renewal who submit and fail the ProTeach online assessment or NBPTS assessment before the expiration date of the first renewal, are eligible for an additional 2-year residency renewal.

Individuals who were unemployed or employed less than full-time as a teacher during the first two-year renewal may apply for a final, second two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certification assessment.

Note: Teachers with a residency or residency renewal certificate expiring in 2014, 2015, or 2016 who completed the available sections of the NBPTS assessment prior to the expiration date of their certificate may apply for an additional two-year renewal in 2016 or 2017. Upon successful completion of the NBPTS assessment, the teacher shall apply for the professional teacher certificate.

For an overview of the flowchart of Residency Certificate Renewal requirements select: Residency Certification Timeline

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   Electronic Certification Application




Professional Certificate
(valid for five years*)

* Professional Certificates issued on the basis of holding a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certificate will have a validity of five years or the validity of the NBPTS certificate, whichever is greater.

One of the following three options:

  • Complete the Professional Certificate Assessment (ProTeach)
  • Hold a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (see information on NBPTS);
  • a program in another state whose advanced level certification program is comparable to that in Washington, as determined by the Professional Educator Standards Board,
  • The Issues of Abuse course must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of a teacher to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

If you have completed the Professional Certificate Assessment (ProTeach Portfolio) and need the form to earn clock hours.

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   Electronic Certification Application

Verification of Issues of Abuse (Form 4020G)



   Updated 3/22/2017

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