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As technology has improved, the education employment application process has changed.  Instead of requesting a complete "credential file" or "placement file," most school districts prefer to have documents uploaded directly to their online application system.  To better accommodate these new procedures, SPU converted to a self-managed credential file system on November 1, 2013.

If you are creating a new credential file for the first time, please download our information sheet - Self-Managing Your Credentials. 

If you opened a hard-copy placement file at SPU prior to November 1, 2010, the Placement File Retention Policy stated, "Placement files will be kept no more than 5 years following the last paid re-activation date."  If your paper file was activated within the last 5 years and you would like to retrieve the documents, contact our office at spucareercenter@spu.edu or 206-281-2485.  Please note that we are unable to release confidential letters of recommendation to you as indicated on the Waiver and Consent Form (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974; Public Law 93-380).

To obtain access to confidential letters of recommendation, you have three options:

1.  Open a new account with an independent credential service provider such as Interfolio and ask the CCC to transfer your confidential letters of recommendation to your new account.

2.   Ask your letter writers to email our office at spucareercenter@spu.edu with permission to change the designation of your letters of recommendation from confidential to non-confidential and then arrange a method to retrieve your non-confidential letters.

3.   Ask your reference writer to send you a non-confidential letter of recommendation.


For more information on self-managed credential files,
please download our information sheet:

Self-Managing Your Credentials.

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