Do I have to be fingerprinted?
Washington State law requires that any applicant who does not hold a valid Washington certificate must be fingerprinted for a state and national background check. Do not delay fingerprinting until you are ready to submit your application for certification. Since fingerprints could delay the application process by eight to ten weeks, we urge you to initiate this process as soon as possible. Fingerprints are submitted separately (and are best submitted several months earlier than the application). Do not wait to receive fingerprint results before submitting your application.
My friend told me that I need to fill out a form, is that right?
When will my Residency Teaching Certificate expire?
Residency Certificates will be issued with no expiration date. Once the individual has been reported as having been employed with 1.5 FTE (years of experience), they are required to complete form 4031R. Once this form is submitted, OSPI will re-calculate a three year expiration date on the certificate. It is then the individual's responsibility to meet the requirements of the Professional Certificate through ProTeach Portfolio Assessment or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.
I hold a Continuing Teacher Certificate, what do I need to do to renew it?
If you hold a Continuing Certificate, the continuing education requirement is that persons must complete 150 clock hours of study every five years. Any regionally accredited two- or four-year college credit at the 100 (freshman) level or above may also be used toward maintenance. One quarter hour of college credit is the equivalent of 10 clock hours, and one semester hour of college credit is equivalent to 15 clock hours. Before your certificate expires, submit SPI FORM 1211 to renew your certificate.
An individual can not use clock hours or credit taken before issuance of the current Continuing Certificate toward maintenance. Excess hours from one five-year period can not be applied to the next.
Effective October 1, 2011, the fee for renewal of a Continuing Certificate is $33 per certificate.
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 the expiration dates and to complete next steps in certification.
You may not perform in your role without valid certification (WAC 181.86.011).