School Physical Therapist First Time

This application is for people seeking their first tier certification for the school physical therapist role.

  • Bachelor's degree program in physical therapy from an American Physical Therapy Association-approved institution. Must submit official transcripts showing degree
  • Hold a valid state of Washington license as a physical therapist
  • Completion of an ESA course approved by the Professional Education Standards Board (PESB)
  • Completion of any state's approved program leading to certification for the school physical therapist role Form 4099E
  • Three years of out of state experience in the school physical therapist role Form 4020F-1
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

COURSE NOTE: For the PESB approved course, the applicant must have completed prior to, or within one year after application, a 15 clock hour or 1 semester hour course approved by the PESB which will include a number of topics related to the Educational Staff Associate (ESA) roles.

PERMIT NOTE: Provided, that an individual who meets all other requirements (fingerprinting, degree, license if required), but who has not yet provided verification of ESA course or out-of-state program completion, or appropriate out-of-state experience, shall be issued a temporary permit valid for one year, allowing the individual to practice in the role. The candidate shall provide verification of one of the three requirements (course, program or experience) to OSPI during the one-year period.


If you have all necessary documentation to apply for this certificate, login 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.