Paraeducator Certificate Program
The paraeducator certificate program offers standards-based training for all instructional paraeducators in Washington State. It has two required training components and three optional certificates. We offer courses for the two required training components:
Fundamental Course of Study (FCS)
The program begins with the FCS. The FCS is 28 hours of training that covers the paraeducator standards of practice. School districts are responsible for providing this training when funded.*
General Paraeducator Certificate
The general certificate includes 70 clock hours of training to help improve instructional practices. A paraeducator has three years to complete this certificate after completing the FCS. School districts are responsible for providing this training when funded.*
*Please talk with your district before registering for either of these trainings.