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Initial Career and Technical Educator (CTE) Certificate

This is the first tier certificate that an educator can apply for if they have completed either the university route or the business and industry route program and hold the required experience.

Initial/Continuing CTE Career Guidance Specialist Certificate

If you do not hold or have ever held a one, three, or five year CTE Occupational Information Specialist (OIS) or one, three, or five year CTE Counselor, there are currently no programs offered in Washington to gain this certificate.

Initial CTE Career Guidance Specialist Requirements

Career and Technical Educators with a valid one-year occupational information specialist or CTE counselor certificate issued prior to July 1, 2018, may apply for the Initial CTE career guidance specialist certificate and will be considered to have met the requirements to obtain an initial CTE career guidance specialist certificate.

  • Must hold or have held a CTE Counselor or CTE Occupational Specialist (OIS) Certificate
  • Must convert the certificate to the new Initial Career Guidance Specialist Certificate by submitting the paper application ( attach form 4073)

  • Must complete 10 quarter, 100 continuing education credits, or 4 annual PGPs since the issuance of the initial or renewed certificate. At least 2 quarter credits or 15 continuing education credit hours must be related to the knowledge and skill areas WAC 181-77-081

NOTE: Applications for renewal must not be submitted more than 12 months in advance of that certificates expiration date.

Expired Certificate Requirements:

  • Must complete 100 continuing education credit hours or 4 annual PGPs within the previous five years from the date of the renewal application.
  • Must provide proof of continuing education credits or 4 annual PGPs with renewal application.

Continuing CTE Career Guidance Specialist Requirements

Career and Technical Educators with a valid one-year occupational information specialist or CTE counselor, certificate issued prior to July 1, 2018, may apply for the Continuing CTE career guidance specialist certificate and will be considered to have met the requirements to obtain an initial CTE career guidance specialist certificate.

  • Must hold or have held a three or five year CTE counselor or CTE OIS certificate
  • Must have 100 continuing education credit hours with verification. Clock hours must be entered into the PD section of your E-Cert account.
  • Complete paper application ( attach form 4073 )

  • Must complete 10 quarter, 100 continuing education credits, or 4 annual PGPs prior to the expiration date of the continuing certificate. At least 4 quarter credits or 30 continuing education credit hours must be related to the knowledge and skill areas WAC 181-77-081

NOTE: Applications for renewal must not be submitted more than 12 months in advance of that certificates expiration date.

Expired Certificate Requirements:

  • Must complete 100 continuing education credit hours or 4 annual PGPs within the previous five years from the date of the renewal application.
  • Must provide proof of continuing education credits or 4 annual PGPs with renewal application.