ESA School Counselor Certification

Residency ESA Certification (School Counselor)

The Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate (First Issue) endorsed in the role of School Counselor is issued by OSPI upon verification by the Woodring Certification Office that these requirements are met:

Residency Reissuance

The first issue Residency certificate is valid until the school counselor has completed two consecutive ears of service in the role with one employer, and signed a contract for a third year. Apply for a Residency ESA Reissuance through OSPI E-Certification. The timeline for earning a Professional certificate begins with the reissued Residency certificate, which is valid for five years.

Residency Renewal

Residency school counselors may permit their reissued Residency certificate to lapse, and/or renew the certificate in one of the following ways as illustrated in this timeline.

Professional ESA Certification (School Counselor)

The second tier Professional ESA Certificate endorsed in the role of School Counselor is issued after the following requirements are met, and application is made through OSPI E-Certification.

Professional Renewal

The Professional certificate is renewed every five years on this basis:

  • ProCert first issued prior to 9/2014: 150 clock hours or equivalent related to the current performance-based standards, or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs), over the five year validity term.
  • ProCert first issued 9/1/2014 or later; serving in the role: four annual PGPs equivalent to 30 clock hours each over the five year validity term.
  • ProCert first issued 9/1/2014 or later; serving in the role a portion of the time: combination of clock hours or equivalent as defined above and PGPs totaling 150 clock hours, over the five year validity term.
  • Not serving in the role during the five year term: 150 clock hours or equivalent as defined above over the five year validity term.
  • Exceptions
    • Valid school counselor certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The renewal is valid for five years or until expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater.
    • One time renewal option of using 150 clock hours or equivalent as defined above in lieu of PGPs, through June 30, 2020.
  • Beginning July 1, 2015: youth suicide prevention training as required by RCW 28A.410.226, if not completed for issuance of the Professional ESA certificate.
  • Professional Educator Standards Board Resource