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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.


Meeting Dates and Application Submission Deadlines:

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

Submission Deadline June 3, 2019 for Board Approval on June 13, 2019



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


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
  • Accounts Payable - AP Badges #1 through #11, School Accounting 1





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.



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.


  • 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

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

           *$50 late fee will be charged for renewal applications received up to 90 calendar days after the certification expiration date


Kim Ferra, CSBS
Term Expires: May 2020

Finance Director
Griffin School District
6530 33rd Ave NW
Olympia, WA98502
(360) 866-2515

Brandy Marshall, CSBO
Term Expires: May 2021

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

Angela Von Essen, CSBA
Term Expires: May 2019

Assistant Superintendent
West Valley School District
8902 Zier Road
Yakima, WA 98908
(509) 972-6000

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

Holly Burlingame, CSBA
Term Expires: May 2019

WASBO Curriculum Developer/Instructor
PO Box 346
South Cle Elum, WA 98943
(425) 785-1283


Heather C. Pinkerton, CSBA
WASA Representative
Term Expires: May 2019

Director of Business and Operations
Chehalis School District
310 SW 16th St.
Chehalis, WA98532
(360) 807-7207

Debra Long
WSSDA Representative
Term Expires: May 2019

School Board Legislative Rep
Central Valley School District
14222 E Desmet Avenue
Spokane Valley, WA 99216
(509) 536-6825

Rich Puryear
Ex-Officio Member - WASBO President
Term Expires: May 2019

Executive Director, Financial Services
Richland School District
615 Snow Avenue
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 967-6005

Brianne King, CSBO
Ex-Officio Member - WASBO
Term: Indefinite

Executive Director
284 Lee Street SW #132
Tumwater, WA98501
(360) 528-2025




Lindsey Robertson
Ex-Officio Member - WASBO
Term Expires: May 2021

Professional Learning Coordinator
284 Lee Street SW #132
Tumwater, WA98501
(360) 528-2025

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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