Residency Certificate Timeline for Principals, Program Administrators & School Counselors

This timeline is intended for individuals who have been issued a Residency principal, program administrator, or school counselor certificate. Residency certification is undated until the individual completes two, consecutive years with the same employer, in the role specific to certification, i.e., principal, assistant principal, special programs director, or guidance counselor. Once the individual receives a dated (valid for 5 years) Residency certificate from OSPI, then they begin the process of obtaining Professional certification (ProCert). The timeline below explains the Professional certification process.


Five‐Year Dated Residency Certificate & Steps to Earning a Professional Certificate:

If completed two, consecutive years in the role specific to certification and have a contract for the 3rd year with the same employer, then the Residency certificate will be reissued with a 5-year expiration date per WAC 181-79A-145(2)(b).

The phrase "in the role" is specific to the certification, i.e., assistant principal (Principal certification), Title I / LAP administrator (Program Administrator certificate), college and career guidance counselor (School Counselor certificate). 




    1. Enroll in and complete a ProCert program.
    2. Apply for Professional certificate from OSPI before       Residency certificate expires (within 5 years).

OR
  • Break in service or not working in the role – eligible for an additional 5-year renewal when returning to the role.
  • No break in service or still working in the role – eligible for a one time, 2-year renewal.

Two‐Year Renewal of Residency Certificate & Steps to Earning a Professional Certificate:

If working in the role and enrolled in a ProCert program, then apply to OSPI for a one time, 2-year renewal of the Residency certificate per WAC 181-79A-251(b)(i) and (c)(i).


 

    1. Complete a ProCert program.
    2. Apply for Professional certificate from OSPI               before Residency certificate expires (within 2 years).

OR
  • Break in service or not in the role – eligible for an additional 5-year renewal when returning to the role.
OR
  • No break in service or still in the role and did not complete a ProCert program – Residency certificate expires.

Additional Five-Year Renewal of Residency Certificate & Steps to Earning a Professional Certificate:

If there is a break in service or not in the role, then the individual is eligible for an additional 5-year renewal upon completion of 15 quarter hours or 150 clock hours directly related to the current performance-based, professional level standards for the certificate per WAC 181-79A-251(b)(ii) & (c)(ii).

 

    1. Enroll in and complete a ProCert program.
    2. Apply for Professional certificate from OSPI before       Residency certificate expires (within 5 years).

OR
  • No break in service or still in the role and did not complete a ProCert program – Residency certificate expires.

Updated 2/2014