Emergency Substitute Certification In-State Applicants

This application is for educators who have been requested for an Emergency Substitute certificate by an employer and for those who have held or hold an expiring Emergency Substitute certificate and will be working with an employer to be certified again on an Emergency Substitute certificate.

This limited certificate is not available for full certificate holders.

This certificate must be initiated by an employer in Washington through the submission of a district request. Once the district request has been submitted, log into your E-Certification account to submit the application.


  • Application initiated by employing school district and completed by educator
  • Submission of fingerprints for a background check is required, if a valid certificate is not already on record

An Emergency Substitute Certificate is issued for two school years.


The Emergency Substitute Certificate may be reissued upon request by an employing school district, approved private school, or educational service district.


This application must be initiated by your sponsoring school district. Once that has been done, login to: E-Certification