Clock Hours


*Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, our regional Educational Service District (ESD 101) will be serving as our clock hour approving agency. Please click the link above for a tutorial on how to submit a proposal.
Once a proposal is submitted, the ESD will approve the hours and send sign in sheets. The person who submitted the proposal will return the sign in sheets to the ESD.  The ESD will validate attendance and participants will receive an email letting them know they can take a survey and then purchase the clock hours.  *Participants must obtain approval from their building principal prior to the course start date.  The approval form is here: Clock Hour or Credit approval form

Participants have:

  • access to their account and can purchase clock hours and/or print their transcript at any time ($3 per hour with a minimum of $10); and
  • transcripts will combine and show all hours taken at any ESD.*


Clock hours are offered for two reasons.  First, clock hours are required for most educators for re-certification purposes.  It is the responsibility of the educator to keep original clock hour forms for re-certification.  Secondly, clock hours are factored into salary increases over time.  The human resources department will keep a running record of clock hours for employees but it is ultimately the responsibility of the educator to reconcile personal with district files/totals.

Definition of Continuing Education Credit Hour (Clock Hour)

  • Clock hours are units of credit assigned to educators at a professional development/training event
  • Clock hours are accrued by Washington State educators toward continuing education requirements in the state of Washington
  • Clock Hour rules are available online at Chapter 181-85 WAC

STEM Clock Hours
Beginning on September 1, 2019, renewal applications for residencyprofessional, and continuing teacher and CTE certificates must document completion of at least 15 clock hours, or at least one goal from an annual professional growth plan (PGP), with an emphasis on STEM integration to meet this renewal requirement.

STEM integration is the authentic combination of at least two of the STEM components (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The requirement applies to the following endorsement areas:

  • Elementary education;
  • Early childhood education;
  • Middle level mathematics and science;
  • Secondary mathematics;
  • Secondary science;
  • The designated sciences; and
  • Career and Technical Education

The STEM certificate renewal requirement is considered to be met by holders of a valid National Board Certificate. Please see the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board STEM Renewal Requirement page.

Approving STEM Clock Hours
Approved providers may offer STEM clock hours and are able to independently vet each offering to ensure the course meets the intent of the STEM clock hour requirement. STEM clock hours are to be offered on a case-by-case basis provided the course qualifies by meeting the Criteria and Guiding Questions.

Clock Hour Information for Candidates and NBCTs

Candidates and NBCTs are eligible for clock hours based upon their participation in the National Board Certification process. Salary advancement based on clock hour accumulation is determined by the employer.

In September of 2018, PESB revised WAC 181-85-033 to provide clock hours per component submission and to renewal candidates. Individuals are eligible for clock hours according to the policy in place when they first submitted a National Board component.

For candidates whose first component submission was prior to 2018:

OSPI gives up to 90 clock hours to National Board candidates and teachers. These are offered in two allotments.

  • 45 clock hours to National Board candidates upon “completion” of the National Board process. This includes submission of components 2-4 and the assessment for component 1. OSPI reviews a list of “completers” from NBPTS in the fall for comparison with submission data from the most recent cycle. All identified candidates will be sent documentation to sign and return to their district.
  • 45 clock hours upon certification, before December 31. OSPI receives an additional list from NBPTS of all newly certified NBCTs. All identified candidates will be sent documentation to sign and return to their district.


 Are you an educator with a question?

Educator Clock Hour Information - FAQs for Educators

Clock Hour or Credit approval fillable form

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2021 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.