OSPI's building is closed to the public until further notice. OSPI will continue serving the public via phone, email, and the website.
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On Thursday September 24, 2020 the Professional Certification office will return to taking incoming customer phone calls. Our office phone hours will be 9AM-4:30PM Monday, Wednesday-Friday and Tuesdays 10AM-4:30PM. The Professional Certification office will remain closed to all walk-in customers until further notice as OSPI is closed to the public due to current circumstances.

For additional assistance visit our website or log into your EDS E-Certification account. You may also submit an email to cert@k12.wa.us. The Certification email inbox is monitored daily Monday-Friday from 8AM-5PM.

We thank you for understanding and look forward to assisting you soon.

There are nearly 200,000 certified educators in Washington state. This includes classroom teachers, principals, paraeducators, school counselors, superintendents, and more. Most certifications must be renewed by OSPI every five years. This page contains information about the certification and renewal processes, requirements for continuing education, emergency certifications, how military veterans and educators from out of state can teach in Washington, and more.