Clock Hours


 Flow Chart
An idea or proposal is initiated by a:
School or district PLC or team
District administrator
and shared with the Director of Learning and the school or program
administrator for their input / approval.

Lead fills out an "In-service Clock Hour Proposal Form" (on website)
The proposal is submitted to the Director of Learning via email
 for approval.
Approval will be returned via email

Lead fills out "Clock Hour Appproval Form" and obtains building principal or supervisor's approval,
certification and signature (pg.1) and "workshop sponsor" signature (pg.2) - Alicia Morrison
"Clock Hour Appproval Form" is sent to Alicia Morrison via email
Lead is assigned a clock hour course number and writes number on the "C.H. Proposal"
Lead is given a clock hour evaluation link (on website)
If course qualifies for supplemental pay, the "Supplemental Pay Form" (on website) must
 be filled out in advance with "Program" checked and Dir. of Learning and/or Principal's signature
Print Roster Sheet(s) (on website)
Upon completion, all participants must fill out and evaluation via web-based link (on the website)
Provide one pre-filled "C.H. Approval Form" per participant. Participants make a copy and give to lead.
Signed clock hour forms are to be given out only after completion of the training and evaluation
Participants fill out their portion of the form/sign. It is the responsibility of the teacher to ensure human
 resources has a copy of their clock hour form and to keep original for their re-certification
If this qualifies as supplemental pay, provide form for employee to finish and sign

Gather all completed forms
1. Roster Sheet(s)
2. A copy of the "Clock Hour Approval Forms"
3. "Supplemental Pay Forms", if applicable
4. Deliver via school mail all forms to Alicia Morrison (Panorama)

The furnished copy of "Clock Hour Approval Form" will be kept in the personnel file for auditing purposes.  It is the teacher's responsibility to keep their original clock hour form for re-certification purposes.
Extra pay forms will be delivered to payroll
The course evaluation will be automatically tabulated and data available in the D.O. clock hour file



The Colville School District serves as a clock hour provider.  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.

Please note that in-services offered on campus, during a contracted/salaried day will not receive clock hours.

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 residencyprofessionalcontinuing teacher or 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, and 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.


  1. The intent of the RCW is to ensure students have exposure to authentic STEM integration experiences which align to state learning standards including information about STEM-related career choices. The intent is for educators to incorporate the learning from the STEM activity within their professional practice such as a classroom or professional development opportunity (PLC, staff meeting, district level workshop, etc.).
  2. The educator must participate in or demonstrate implementation of a STEM activity. The learning or activity must demonstrate authentic integration of science, technology, engineering and math, incorporating at least 2 of the 4 STEM elements. Only one element out the STEM learning experience is not considered an authentic STEM experience.

Guiding Questions:
Providers of STEM-related continuing education should design workshops course offerings to ensure educators will meet the renewal requirement by answering "YES" to all of the following questions.

  1. Will the STEM activity have an impact on STEM experiences for students?
  2. Does the STEM activity provide examples or resources to use with students or with other educators?
  3. Does the STEM activity provide examples or resources about STEM-related career choices to use with students?

Q&A for Clock Hour Providers

Guidance for Clock Hour Providers and Examples of STEM Clock Hour Applications:
For examples and non-examples of STEM Clock Hour offerings, see these three examples. Rationale is included within the document.

Q&A for Educators

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.


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Educator Clock Hour Information - FAQs for Educators​

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