General Paraeducator

This application is for paraeducators seeking the General Paraeducator Certificate.


  • Completion of the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS)

    • The FCS is one 28 clock hour course consisting of 12 units of training approved by your employing school district. Enter this into your E-cert account under the professional development section. Under credit type, select Paraeducator Fundamental Course of Study.
  • 70 additional clock hours of professional development

One Professional Growth Plan (PGP) may be used towards the 70 clock hour requirement.

Clock Hour Note: Clock hours must be earned on or after July 1, 2019, to meet requirements. When applying for your certificate, you must submit documentation of completed clock hours or equivalents for review with the application.

Certificate Note: Individuals who hold a full, valid education certificate in WAC 181-79A-140 and have completed the Fundamental Course of Study, are considered to have met requirements for the General Paraeducator Certificate and can apply through E-Certification.


*If you are ready to apply for this certificate, start by selecting the icon at the top of the screen that states “E-Certification Login Here.”

*IMPORTANT: Please note that application fees are NOT refundable. Ensure that you select and submit the correct application. If you have questions regarding your application, please contact our office.