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.

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Certification

The Professional Certification Office will have limited ability to respond to phone and email inquiries from Friday, April 30, 2021 to Monday, May 3, 2021 as EDS is scheduled to undergo system maintenance. We anticipate higher than normal call and email volumes these days and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to assisting you as soon as the system maintenance is complete.

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.