Professional Development for Certification2021-10-19T12:42:40-07:00

We are one of the state designated providers offering courses to meet certification requirements


New certification requirements

Professional learning in equity-based school practices equips educators to facilitate learning and growth for each and every student. HB 1426, passed by the legislature, requires that teachers and administrators complete clock hours specific to equity-based school and classroom practices as a part of their certificate renewal beginning July 1, 2023. Educators submitting renewal applications before July 1, 2023 do not need to meet these new requirements.

ESD 112 offers courses to meet these new certificate renewal requirements for teachers and administrators. We continue to provide courses for paraeducator certification.

Frequently Asked Questions

The cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion (CCDEI) standards are currently being developed. Guidance for professional learning providers will be developed with their adoption. Until then, providers should align their professional learning with the existing cultural competency standards.

Whether or not an educator must meet the requirement is dependent upon the certificate(s) they hold, not on their job assignment.

  • Teachers: including teacher and CTE teacher certificates
  • Administrators: principal, program administrator, CTE director, superintendent

When educators record their learning in eCertification, they will be able to designate a certain number of hours as meeting one requirement, and certain hours as meeting another requirement. The same hours may not be used to meet multiple requirements.

Example: In a 10 clock hour course on equity based STEM instruction, an educator could designate 5 hours as meeting the STEM requirement, and 5 hours as meeting the equity requirement. This course could not meet 10 hours towards STEM and 10 hours towards equity.


Teacher Certificate Renewal Requirements

As part of their 100 clock hours for renewal, teachers must complete 15 clock hours, or the equivalent in credit, focused on equity-based school practices aligned to the current cultural competency standards.

Teachers must continue to meet existing certificate renewal requirements every five years, including the STEM certificate renewal requirement.

Equity Courses

STEM Courses


Administrator Certificate Renewal Requirements

Administrators are required to complete all of the following as part of their 100 clock hours for certificate renewal:

  • 10 clock hours or equivalent in credit or PGPs in equity-based school practices
  • 10 clock hours or equivalent in credit or PGPs in educational leadership
  • 5 clock hours in government-to-government relations with federally recognized tribes

ESD 112 offers courses to meet the Equity and Educational Leadership requirements:

Equity Courses

Educational Leadership Courses (coming soon)

Government-to-government Courses:

We do not currently offer any courses to fulfill this requirement. This learning may only be provided by subject matter experts approved by the Governor’s Office on Indian Affairs (GOIA), in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Congress on Education (TLCE) and the OSPI Office of Native Education (ONE).

Administrators must continue to meet existing certificate renewal requirements every five years.


Paraeducator Certificate Program

The paraeducator certificate program offers standards-based training for all instructional paraeducators in Washington State. It has two required training components and three optional certificates. We offer courses for the two required training components:

Fundamental Course of Study (FCS)

The program begins with the FCS. The FCS is 28 hours of training that covers the paraeducator standards of practice. School districts are responsible for providing this training when funded.*

General Paraeducator Certificate

The general certificate includes 70 clock hours of training to help improve instructional practices. A paraeducator has three years to complete this certificate after completing the FCS. School districts are responsible for providing this training when funded.*

*Please talk with your district before registering for either of these trainings.

Learn about paraeducator testing

Paraeducator Courses



To learn more about certificate renewal, please visit  the PESB certificate renewal website.

If you are looking for individual certificate information, please visit the OSPI certification website.

If you would like to schedule a training for your building or district or building, please contact:

Kathy Whitlock

Executive Director, Student and School Success


Phone: 360-952-3417


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