Paraeducator certification is a process by which persons can obtain in-depth training and be recognized for successful completion of that training through a state recognized program.  The paraeducator certification is not required by law, but may be required by local school districts.

Northwest AEA if offering the three courses required for certification in a blended format with a face-to-face class on October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for Course 1.  Course 2 will have a face-to-face class on January 6 and Course 3 will meet on February 24.  All coursework for the classes is completed online.

The paraeducator certification requires a 10-hour clinical experience to be completed in a school setting.   Paraeducators currently employed can complete this requirement in the classroom they currently work in.

The cost of each class is $120.  There is an additional fee payable to the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners for a background check and a certificate upon completion of the classes.

For more information or to register for these classes, check out Northwest AEA website (  Select the link on the left that says, “Search for Professional Development” and then click on “register.”

For further information or any questions regarding this certification, please contact Joyce Vander Wilt ( or  (712-722-7805 or 800-572-5073 ext. 7805).