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WASBO Professional Certification Program

WASBO has established 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
  • Certified School Business Administrator

View the Certification Table to compare the three certifications. 


Certification encourages the professional development and improvement of persons engaged in school business management and administration. The specific purposes of WASBO's 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) and the general community that the business functions are 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. 



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

General Requirements for all Applicants:

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


application submission deadline

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020 for Board Approval on December 10, 2020

                                       March 8, 2021 for Board Approval on March 18, 2021

*Applications must be submitted to the WASBO office by the application deadline to be included on the meeting agenda



Completed applications can be submitted by:

  • mail to the WASBO office (284 Lee St. SW Suite 132 Tumwater, WA 98501) OR
  • email to WASBO Admin at


APPLICATION downloads and fees

Select the following certification to apply for, complete the application and submit payment.

         Tracks include: Accounting, Payroll, Retirement and Accounts Payable

         Fee: Curriculum Track - $50/Track

          Fee: $100.00

         Fee: $100.00


certified school business specialist training tracks

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

  • Accounting (Courses must be taken consecutively)

         School Accounting 1 and School Accounting 2 (courses must be taken consecutively)

  • Payroll (Courses do not need to be taken consecutively)

         PAY 110

         PAY 210

         PAY 310

         School Accounting 1

  • Retirement

         RET 110

         RET 210

         RET 310

         RET 410

  • Accounts Payable

         AP Badges #1 through #11

         School Accounting 1


Certification information



WASBO Certification Renewal Form

Renewal applications must be submitted to WASBO within five (5) years of the original approval date and must be received by 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.



  • Clock hours required for renewal with five (5) years of initial certificate award:

          CSBS - 25 hours

          CSBO - 150 hours

          CSBA - 150 hours

  • Fees must accompany renewal application
  • Clock hours must be earned before renewal application is accepted
  • College credits may count towards clock hours (1 college credit = 10 clock hours)


  • CSBS Track Renewal

          Fee: WASBO Member $25.00 for each track 

  • CSBO Track Renewal

          Fee: WASBO Member $50.00

  • CSBA Track Renewal

          Fee: WASBO Member $75.00




Chair: Brandy Marshall, CSBO
Term Expires: May 2021

Director of Human Resources
Franklin Pierce School District
315 129th South Street
Tacoma, WA 98444
(253) 298-3034


Kathleen Dolorin, CSBS
Term Expires: May 2023

Accounting Coordinator
Mercer Island School District
4160 86th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98005
(206) 236-6162

Rhonda Drew, CSBS
Term Expires: May 2022

Accounting Lead
Northshore School District
3330 Monte Villa Parkway
Bothell, WA 98021
(425) 408-7642

Dan Poolman, CSBA
Term Expires: May 2021

Asst. Superintendent for Business Services
South Whidbey School District
5520 Maxwelton Rd
Langley, WA 98260
(360) 221-6808 ext. 2244

Jason Williams, CSBO, CSBS
Term Expires: May 2022

Director of Finance
North Central ESD
430 Olds Station Rd
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 667-7103

Heather C. Pinkerton, CSBA
WASA Representative
Term Expires: May 2022

Director of Business and Operations
Chehalis School District
310 SW 16th St.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 807-7207

Debra Long
WSSDA Representative
Term Expires: May 2022

School Board Legislative Rep
Central Valley School District
19307 E Cataldo Ave
Spokane, WA 99016
(509) 558-5437

Mathew Knott, CSBA
Ex-Officio Member - WASBO President
Term Expires: May 2021

Director of Business Services
Central Valley School District
19307 E Cataldo Ave
Spokane, WA 99016
(509) 558-5437

Brianne King, CSBO
Ex-Officio Member 
Term: Indefinite

Executive Director
284 Lee Street SW #132
Tumwater, WA 98501
(360) 528-2025


Lindsey Robertson
Ex-Officio Member 
Term: Indefinite

Professional Learning Coordinator
284 Lee Street SW #132
Tumwater, WA 98501
(360) 528-2025


For questions about the WASBO Professional Certification Program call the WASBO Office at 360-528-2025 or email





284 Lee St. SW
Suite 132
Tumwater WA 98501

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