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The Professional Certification Office is experiencing unprecedented calls and emails. Customer service specialists are working diligently to answer all inquiries in the order received. We will get to your call or email. We take the renewal process very seriously and will do everything we can to get everyone renewed and back in the classrooms this fall.

Nearly 200,000 educators are certified in Washington state, including classroom teachers, principals, paraeducators, school counselors, superintendents, and more. Most certifications must be renewed 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.

This week (8/15/2022), we are reviewing the following:
  • Teacher applications received the week of 6/15/2022
  • Clock hour reports received the week of 6/15/2022
  • CTE applications received the week of 6/21/2022
  • ESA applications received the week of 6/15/2022
  • Administrator applications received the week of 6/25/2022
  • Staff is responding to most emails within 25 business days and voicemails within 3 days 

There are currently 4,677 total applications pending review. For more information, see Application Processing Status.