A paraeducator may attain the Advanced Paraeducator Certificate (APC) once they have completed the General Paraeducator Certificate.
Paraeducators may become eligible for an APC by completing an additional 75 clock hours of professional development in the duties of an advanced paraeducator.
The certificate expires after five years, and it is not a prerequisite for a paraeducator working in any program.
The duties of an advanced paraeducator include:
- assisting in highly-impacted classrooms;
- supporting specialized instruction;
- mentoring other paraeducators; and
- acting as a short-term emergency substitute teacher*.
* School district must consult with the paraeducator and apply for the emergency substitute certificate as required in chapter 181-79A WAC.
Paraeducator Standards for the Advanced Paraeducator Certificate
The APC must include the training competencies that align with the paraeducator standards of practice, which have been approved by the Paraeducator Board.
To view the knowledge and skill competency standards for the APC, follow this link to the online document.
The Paraeducator Board has approved the following recommended, though not required, APC coursework to meet the training requirements of the certificate.