Residency Principal or Program Administrator

There are multiple types of applications for administrators reissuing or renewing their Residency Administrator Certificate. See below for more information on each.



Reissue Application

This is the certificate an administrator would apply for after they have completed two years of service in the role while on their Residency First Issue Certificate.

  • Must complete two years IN THE ROLE specific to their certificate
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required if a valid certificate is not already on record

NOTE: Administrators serving in the role for any FTE within a single school year counts as a full year of service with the administrator certificate. Once the administrator completes two years of service, they can apply for reissuance.

NOTE: The reissue administrator Certificate is valid for five years. The five-year validity period will begin after the completion of two years in the role, regardless of when the application for reissuance is received.

5-Year Renewal Application

This is the certificate an administrator would apply for when their reissued certificate is set to expire and for subsequent renewals.

House Bill 1426 issued new certificate renewal requirements beginning July 1, 2023.

In addition to the current renewal requirements, all teachers, CTE teachers, administrators, and CTE director certificate holders renewing on or after July 1, 2023, must meet the following content requirements as part of their 100 clock hours. New requirements are italicized below.

  • 10 Equity-based school practices aligned with CCDEI standards from one of the legislature-approved providers:

    • Clock hours
    • Valid National Boards certificate
    • Equivalent college credits
    • At least one goal of an annual PGP
  • 10 National Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL)
    • Clock hours
    • Equivalent college credit
    • At least 1 goal of an annual PGP
  • 5 Government to Government clock hours for renewal of an initial, residency, continuing, and professional or CTE director certificate
  • Must attest to completion of an issues of abuse course for more information, see WAC 181-79A-030(9). This course MUST be entered into the 'PD Hours' section of your E-Certification account prior to applying


  • Must complete 100 clock hours or equivalent college credits or Professional Growth Plan (PGP) or a combination of any of the three options, which must have been completed in the five years prior to the application date for renewal
  • Submit the application and fee online through your E-Certification account or complete the paper application Form 4037
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required if a valid certificate is not already on record

A National Board Certificate may not be used in lieu of the National Professional Standards for Education Leaders (PSEL) or Government-to-Government clock hour requirements.

A PGP may not be used to meet the Government-to-Government clock hour requirement.

Clock Hour Note: Educators cannot use the same clock hours to satisfy multiple clock hour content-specific requirements (STEM, Equity, Leadership, etc.)

EXAMPLE: An educator completes a course earning 15 clock hours that meet the STEM and Equity content requirements. This professional learning must be split between the specific content requirements. The educator could count ten (10) of the clock hours to meet the required STEM content and five (5) of the clock hours to meet the Equity content requirement. This educator would need to complete additional clock hours to meet the remaining content-specific clock hours required.

National Board Certificate Note: To renew an administrator CTE director certificate on or after July 1, 2023, all administrators must earn at least 10 continuing credit hours (clock hours) or the equivalent in credit or Professional Growth Plans (PGPs), focused on national professional standards for education leaders (PSEL) and at least 5 continuing credit hours (clock hours) of professional learning focused on Government-to-Government Relationships with federally recognized Tribes in order to renew an initial, residency, continuing and professional certificates in the role of principal, program administrator, superintendent, and CTE director.

ISSUES OF ABUSE COURSE NOTE: The issues of abuse course or course work must include information related to identification of physical, emotional, sexual, and substance abuse; the impact on learning and behavior; the responsibilities of an administrator to report abuse or to provide assistance to victimized children; and methods of teaching about abuse and its prevention.

Subsequent renewals: 100 clock hours or equivalents must be completed from the date of issuance through the expiration date of the current certificate.

Renewal of an expired Residency certificate

100 clock hours or equivalents must be completed within the five years immediately preceding the date of application for renewal.

NOTE: Administrators applying to renew an expired certificate must submit documentation of completed clock hours or equivalents to the Certification Office for review with their application.

National Boards NOTE: Administrators who hold a valid National Boards Certificate may submit that certificate in order to renew their certificate.

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 the 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.

Please visit the Professional Educator Standards Board for Professional Growth Plan (PGP) information and resources Professional Educator Standards Board.

Clock Hour Information.


If you have all necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, log in to: E-Certification

*IMPORTANT: Please note that application fees are NOT refundable. Ensure that you select and submit the correct application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact our office.