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Certification

On September 19th, 2019 the Professional Certification office is closed to all walk-in customers and all incoming customer phone calls beginning at 10:00 am through 11:00 am. Normal office operations will resume at 11:00 am on September 19th.  

You may also reach us by submitting an email to cert@k12.wa.us


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.