RESTRICTED PUBLIC ACCESS TO OSPI BUILDING

In accordance with the Governor’s Proclamation 20-25, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” and to protect the health and safety of Washingtonians and our employees, at this time, there is restricted public access to the OSPI building. OSPI will continue serving the public via phone, email, and the website.

See OSPI’s COVID-19 guidance and resources for educators, students, and families.

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Certification

The Professional Certification office will have two brief closures to all incoming customer phone calls this week. The first is February 24, 2021, from 10AM-11AM, normal office operations will resume as of 11AM. The second on February 25, 2021, from 1PM-3PM, normal office operations will resume as of 3PM.

For immediate assistance during these time(s) visit our website at www.k12.wa.us/certification or use www.eds.ospi.k12.wa.us to log into your E-Certification account. You may also reach us by submitting an email to cert@k12.wa.us.

The customer service representative regular telephone hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM and Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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.