Continuing Education (Clock Hours) Information

How to Become a Clock Hour Provider
Washington does require that providers of continuing education for educators become approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board. Approval of agencies as providers of clock hours only occurs once a year with approval running from October 1 to September 30th for agencies that apply for approval by July 15 . In order to seek approval, agencies must be non-profit, a school district, private school, an accredited college/university, or a local, state or federal government agency. 

There is not a mechanism in our rules for an individual to obtain approval for a class as clock hours. We are also not able to accept hours, such as CEU's, Contact Hours, Professional Development Units (PDU's) etc., in place of approved clock hours. Classes/Conferences must first be set up by an approved provider as an approved clock hour class for individuals to request the clock hours. If classes are not approved as clock hours by a provider prior to them being held, the rules do not allow for classes to be approved as clock hours after the class has been held. College credit at the freshman level or above from any regionally accredited institution can be used in place of approved clock hours in our system. Our office does not approve course content, the content would be approved by the agency granting the clock hours under their approval as a provider. 

Clock hour rules are available online at: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=181-85. There is no fee for agencies to seek approval as a providers of clock hours.

If your agency wishes to hold a program before the next approval period, you would need to have a currently approved provider co-sponsor your program as approved clock hours. If you are working with specific school districts, you may wish to indicate to them that they will need to arrange for any approved clock hours. All school districts in Washington are approved as providers of clock hours, however, some do not have the resources to utilize that approval and rely on a regional service district to provide the clock hours for their program. You may also wish to check the list of agencies that are approved to offer clock hours to see if you already have a relationship with any of them and if they would then be willing to co-sponsor your program as clock hours.

STEM Requirements

Apply to become a clock hour provider FY 2018-19. The dateline is July 15, 2018.

Frequently Asked Clock Hour Questions

Acceptable Clock Hour Documentation

ESA certification and License Hours

Approved Providers (Please contact cert@k12.wa.us for an updated form 1125 that you hand out to clock hour participants)

  • Public School Districts - All Washington School Districts and Compact schools are approved
  • Professional Organizations/Colleges/ESDs 2017-18
  • Private School Associations/Conferences/Dioceses 2016-17
  • Private Schools 2017-18

Approved provider list for previous years

PLEASE NOTE: Not all classes offered by the above providers result in Washington State approved clock hours. Check with the organization to determine if a particular course is approved for clock hours. Also, these providers are approved to offer clock hours for this year only.


   Updated 3/7/2018

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