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ESA First Time Applicant

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The application that needs to be completed will vary depending upon the role each applicant holds.Review the application types below to find the application that's right for you based on your current status.

IMPORTANT! If you have completed a Washington State program for the school counselor or school psychologist role, then you will need to check with your institution for the next steps in your application process.

Full and limited Educational Staff Associate (ESA) certificates

School Counselor

  • The Residency ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.
  • The Professional ESA Certificate is the second tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

School Psychologist

  • The Residency ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.
  • The Professional ESA Certificate is the second tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington State for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

School Nurse

  • The Initial ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.
  • The Continuing ESA Certificate is the second tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

School Social Worker

  • An Initial ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

School Occupational Therapist

  • The Initial ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.
  • The Continuing ESA Certificate is the second tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

School Physical Therapist

  • The Initial ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.
  • The Continuing ESA Certificate is the second tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

School Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist

  • The Initial ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.
  • The Continuing ESA Certificate is the second tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

School Behavior Analyst

  • The Initial ESA Certificate is the first tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.
  • The Continuing ESA Certificate is the second tier full certificate issued in the state of Washington for this role. Select this to learn more about this certification.

Substitute ESA

  • This certificate is available to those who meet full certification requirements for the specific ESA roles.

Conditional ESA* ( School Behavior Analyst, School Counselor, School Nurse, School Psychologist, School Social Worker,  and Speech Language Pathologist or Audiologist)

  • Select this if you are working with a Washington employer wanting to hire you for one of the above ESA roles and you do not currently meet full certification requirements for the ESA role.

*If an educator meets requirements for a full ESA certificate for the role, they might not qualify for limited ESA certificates. If you have a question regarding qualifications for these certificates, please contact the Certification Office. Limited ESA certificates must be initiated by a state of Washington employer on behalf of the educator who is not eligible for full certification in the requested ESA role.