This is the certificate an ESA would apply for when they have already gained the Continuing School Counselor Certificate. If you do not know if you already hold the certificate, please contact the Certification Office before you apply.
- Must complete 100 clock hours or equivalent college credits or PGPs or a combination of any of the three option during a five-year period. First-time renewals must have completed the continuing education requirement within the five years prior to application for renewal. Subsequent renewals must have completed the continuing education requirement since the effective date of the latest renewal.
Educators who hold a valid National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certificate, Certificate of Clinical Competence issued by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, or Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential issued by the National Association of School Psychologists may submit that certificate in lieu of the 100 clock hours (or equivalent) to renew their Washington educator or ESA certificate.
- Submit a valid National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) Certificate. The National Board Certificate must be renewed prior to applying for renewal of your teaching certificate.
- Must attest to the completion of a suicide prevention training approved by the PESB in the state of Washington within the five years previous to application Form 4020S
- Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record
Reinstatement of an expired Continuing ESA Certificate: 100 clock hours or equivalents must be completed within the five years immediately preceding the date of application for renewal.
NOTE: Educators applying to reinstate an expired Continuing ESA Certificate must submit documentation of completed clock hours or equivalents to the Certification Office for review with their application.
CLOCK HOUR NOTE: Further clock hours earned will not start counting towards a following renewal until the next certificate's effective date.
Clock hour equivalents are allowed as follows: 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours; 1 semester credit = 15 clock hours; 1 PGP until 6-30-18 = 30 clock hours; 1 PGP as of 7-1-18 = 25 clock hours.
Template Form 1697 PGP for Certificate Renewal
Form 1128-8: Use this form to document completion of a Professional Growth Plan and submit to your school district to claim clock hours and to the Certification Office if you are submitting an application for renewal or reinstatement of an EXPIRED certificate.
For PGP information and resources, please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board.
LICENSE HOURS NOTE: Certain ESA roles are allowed to count any continuing education units (CEUs) that they completed to satisfy the requirements for their state professional health license to also fulfill the continuing education requirement (clock hour equivalents) for their certification renewal. Form 4098V Please see ESA Clock Hour Information for more information.
Educator Clock Hour Information
NOTE: If an educator has not met the requirements to reinstate their certificate with clock hours or equivalents, they may be eligible for a Transitional Teacher Certificate.