Transitional Administrator Certificate

Transitional (Superintendent, Program Administrator, Principal)

This certificate is for administrators who are working with an employer to fill a need and whose Continuing Administrator Certificate has lapsed.

This certificate enables the administrator to be in the role for two years while working on reinstatement of their Continuing Certificate. It is valid for two calendar years (24 months from issue) and can only be issued once in an administrator's career.

This certificate must be initiated by an employer in Washington through the submission of a district request.


  • Must hold an expired administrator certificate
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required if a valid certificate is not already on record
IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2024, the Professional Educator Standards Board expanded the scope to allow transitional certificates to be issued for teachers, ESAs, or administrators whose certificates are subject to renewal under WAC 181-79A-240. This emergency rule applies if educators are unable to meet new renewal requirements, and temporarily expands options while The Board considers adopting this as a permanent rule.


This application must be initiated by your sponsoring school district.

If you have all the 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.