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Election Administrator Certification

There are two levels of certification explained in our handbook, The Path to Becoming a Certified Elections Administrator.

Election Administrator initial certification requirements, WAC 434-260:

  • Attend a two day orientation class (Elections 101).
  • Pass the Administrator Certification Exam.
  • Acquire 40 hours of additional education (30 of the total 40 hours must be election-specific training offered by approved sponsors).
  • Two years of continuous service in an elections office during the three year period immediately prior to the request for initial certification.
  • Submit a completed Application for Initial Certification.

Assistant Level Election Administrator initial certification requires:

  • Attend a two day orientation class (Elections 101).
  • Pass the Administrator Certification Exam.
  • Acquire 20 hours of additional education (15 hours must be elections-specific training offered by approved sponsors) and be employed in elections service for a minimum of one year.
  • Submit a completed Application for Assistant Level Certification.

To renew certification annually, a Certified Elections Administrator must serve continuously as an election administrator and accumulate 18 hours of continuing education each year (6 hours must be election-specific training offered by approved sponsors).

To renew at the assistant level, a Certified Assistant Election Administrator must serve continuously as an election administrator and accumulate 6 hours of continuing education (2 hours must be election-specific training offered by approved sponsors).

The Secretary of State's open book Certification Exam may be taken and submitted at any time. An 80% score is required to pass.

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