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Beginning Monday July 20th, 2020 the Professional Certification office will be closed to all walk-in customers and all incoming customer phone calls beginning at 8am through 5pm. Office operations will resume on Tuesday July 21st, 2020. This closure is due to our agency mandated furlough date(s).

For immediate assistance visit our website or log into your EDS E-Certification account. You may also submit an email to cert@k12.wa.us. Please note as this is a full agency closure an email response may be delayed.

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.