OSPI’s Website Address Change

We are excited to announce an important update regarding our website URL. As part of our ongoing efforts to improve functionality and increase internet security, we are changing our current URL from k12.wa.us to ospi.k12.wa.us. Read more about this change and its impact

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Nearly 200,000 educators are certified in Washington state, including classroom teachers, principals, paraeducators, school counselors, superintendents, and more. Most certifications must be renewed 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.

Normal Certification Office Phone Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:00 am-4:30 pm

Tuesday: 10:00 am-4:30 pm

Application Processing Status

This week (9/25/2023) we are reviewing the following:
  • Teacher applications received the week of 7/5/2023
  • Clock hour reports received the week of 7/25/2023
  • CTE applications received the week of 7/16/2023
  • ESA applications received the week of 7/6/2023
  • Administrator applications received the week of 7/7/2023
  • Paraeducator applications received the week of 7/19/2023
  • The customer service staff is currently responding to most emails within 1 business day and voicemails within 1 business day of being received.
There are currently 2,993 total applications pending review. For more information, see Application Processing Status.