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WASBO Professional Certification Program

WASBO has established this program of professional certification to provide high standards of professional ethics and competence for the school business official at three levels: Certified School Business Specialist; Certified School Business Official; and Certified School Business Administrator. Furthermore, this program encourages the professional development and improvement of persons engaged in school business management and administration. Click Here to view the Certification Table.  The specifics purposes of the Washington Association of School Business Officials Professional Certification Program are to:

  • Professionalize the position of school business personnel through the establishment of high standards of education, experience, ethics, and performance.
  • Develop confidence within the educational community (administrators, board members, staff, students) that the business function is in competent hands.
  • Develop confidence with the general community that the business function is in competent hands.
  • Provide educational and professional growth opportunities for school business personnel.
  • Provided state-wide standards for those who serve or seek to serve as school business officials.
  • Encourage all school districts and related agencies to employ a business manager/administrator who holds either a Certified School Business Official (CSBO) or a Certified School Business Administrator (CSBA) designation.

2017-2018 Certification Governance Board

Committee Chair
Kim Ferra, CSBS
Yelm Community Schools

 (Appointed Board Director, ESD Region 113)    

Brandy (Japhet) Marshall, CSBO
Franklin Pierce School District

Holly Burlingame, CSBA
Retired/WASBO Instructor

Angela Von Essen, CSBA 
West Valley School District - Yakima

Dan Poolman, CSBA
South Whidbey School District

Heather Pinkerton, CSBA – WASA Representative
Chehalis School District

Debra Long – WSSDA Representative
Central Valley School Board Member

Brianne King, CSBO (Non-Voting)
WASBO Executive Director

Rich Puryear, WASBO President (Non-Voting)
Richland School District

Patti Leverenz, CSBS (Non-Voting)
WASBO Professional Development Coordinator

eeting Dates and Application Submission Deadlines:

**Applications must be submitted to the WASBO office by the application deadline to be included on the meeting agenda**
September 28, 2017 - Submission Deadline September 20, 2017

December 6, 2017 - Submission Deadline November 30, 2017

March 15, 2018 - Submission Deadline March 8, 2018

June 6, 2018 - Submission Deadline May 29, 2018



All individuals who believe they meet the standards and qualifications for certification and supporting documentation.  When awarded, certificate shall be good for five (5) years before renewal is required.

General Requirements for all Applicants:

  • Completion of application.
  • Sign Standards of Conduct document.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Payment of fees.
  • Currently employed in a school district, ESD or related agency.
  • Portfolio (CSBO/CSBA candidates; optional for CSBS).
  • Current Member in good standing
  • All college degrees must be from an accredited college or university.

Renewal Requirements 

  • Clock hours required for renewal within five (5) years:
    -- 1.1 CSBS -- 25 hours
    -- 1.2 CSBO -- 150 hours
    -- 1.3 CSBA -- 150 hours
  • Fees must accompany renewal application.
  • Clock hours must be earned before renewal application will be accepted.

CSBS Training Tracks

Certification for School Business Specialist (CSBS) is currently available in the following tracks:

  • Accounting -- School Accounting 1 and School Accounting 2 (courses must be taken consecutively)
  • Payroll -- PAY 110, PAY 210, PAY 310, School Accounting 1
  • Retirement - RET 110, RET 210, RET 310, RET 410

Certification Information

Application Downloads & Fees

The following Certification Applications are available on-line for download and printing as PDF files. Please be aware that payment fees must be included when you submit your application. Certification fees are non-refundable. New fees are effective July 8/10.

Certification Renewals

WASBO Certification Renewal Form  Renewal applications must be submitted to WASBO within FIVE YEARS of the original approval date and received in the WASBO office prior to the expiration date.  A $50.00 late fee will be charged for certification renewal applicants that fail to submit their renewal application within five-years from the date of initial certification.  Applicants failing to submit their renewal applications within 90 calendar days of the date of expiration of certification shall be required to reapply for WASBO certification.

Renewal Fees

  • CSBS Track Renewal
    Fee: WASBO Member $25 each track
    WASBO member $50 (Portfolio)
    A $50 late fee will be charged for renewal applications received up to 90 calendar days after the certification expiration date
  • CSBO Track Renewal
    Fee: WASBO Member $50.00
    A $50 late fee will be charged for renewal applications received up to 90 calendar days after the certification expiration date
  • CSBA Track Renewal
    Fee: WASBO Member $75.00
    A $50 late fee will be charged for renewal applications received up to 90 calendar days after the certification expiration date

For questions about the WASBO Professional Certification Program call the WASBO Office 360.528.2025 or email




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Suite 132
Tumwater WA 98501

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