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Certification Information

Know when your certificate expires and what it takes to keep it valid. It is ultimately the certificate holder’s responsibility to keep certificates current.  Human resources, ESD, and OSPI staff may try to assist, but the onus is on the educator to know expiration dates and to complete the next steps in certification.  All certification applications are done through OSPI via E-Certification.  Log into your account or create a new account by visiting  Paper applications are no longer accepted.  You may not perform in your role without valid certification. Avoid getting second hand advice as there are many types of certificates and wrong information can be costly.  Contact the Human Resource Department or refer to the Certification Office at OSPI.

Certification Specialist:

  • Angela Wageman Olympic ESD 114  (360) 405-5801  

Certification Links:

Basic Skills Testing: If applying from out-of-state for a residency certificate, applicants must pass a basic skills test within 12 months of receiving their first temporary Residency permit. Those who have a passing score on the CBEST or Praxis I test may submit official score reports in lieu of the WEST-B. Alternatives to the links listed below include: CBEST, NES Essential Academic Skills Test, Praxis 1, NBPTS, ACT, SAT, or an option from this document.