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Foreign Trained

An evaluation of foreign transcripts is required (excluding Canada, Philippines, and U.S. Territories). Visit National Association of Credential evaluation Services (NACES). Once transcripts are evaluated please continue with teacher certification requirements.

Washington issues the Residency Teacher Certificate to most first-time applicants for a regular teaching certificate.


  • Through the transcript evaluation it must be determined that the applicant holds the equivalent of a bachelor's degree or higher.
    AND has either
    completed an equivalent teacher education program Form 4030
    verify at least 3 years of K-12 teaching experience outside Washington or U.S., and hold a regular teacher certificate issued by a state within the U.S.
  • Foreign trained applicants must pass a basic skills test (WEST-B) within 12 months of receiving a temporary permit. See teacher assessments.
  • Foreign trained applicants must pass an endorsement content knowledge test (WEST- E/NES) within 12 months of receiving a temporary permit. See teacher assessments.
    • If the form 4030 is submitted, the transcript evaluation may be completed document by document.
    • If the form 4030 is not submitted, the transcript evaluation must be competed course by course.

The first certificate issued is the Residency Certificate (First Issue), which is valid until the holder is reported as employed by a Washington school district as a teacher with 1.5 FTE or more experience. This certificate must then be reissued with a three year expiration date.

If you do not qualify for a regular teaching certificate then you may qualify for an alternate route to certification.



   Electronic Certification Application

Download version Form 4030



   Updated 4/27/2016

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