It is the responsibility of each instructional paraprofessional or personal care assistant to acquire 20 hours of training each school year. The 20 hours must be related to his/her position, and must be completed in order for the paraprofessional to remain highly qualified to continue his/her current job assignment. The Intermediate Unit offers a number of training opportunities in the summer and throughout the school year.
All in-service/professional development hours must have signed pre-approval and signed final approval before hours will be credited.
Follow these steps:
Fill out and print the Para-Professional 20 Hours of Professional Development Pre-Approval and Final Approval Form.
Give filled out form to immediate supervisor for pre-approval.
Immediate Supervisor will then give it to the program director for pre-approval.
Program Director will return the form to the employee. (Once you receive the form back and it's marked APPROVED, you can proceed with the training.)
Final Approval Steps:
Complete training and sign form.
Give form to immediate supervisor to sign. (Submit any proof of completed hours - ex. certificates, transcripts, etc.)
Immediate Supervisor will then give it to the program director to sign.
The program director will then keep all in-service/professional development forms to keep track of the employees hours. Once the employee's 20 hours are met, the employee will receive an email confirming their completed hours.
If you have any questions regarding a training, please contact Debra Arnold, Director of Special Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of professional development hours required are dependent on the hire date of that year. Below is a chart to guide you on how many hours will be required to complete.
Date of Hire
Required Training Hours
In summary, Intermediate Unit 29 embraces the Department of Education's requirements to ensure that all persons who work with young children/students with special needs have the necessary training to competently perform their job responsibilities. IU29 instructional paraprofessional and personal care assistants are encourages to contact their program supervisors for any questions that they may have regarding their requirement for annual training. Remember, it is the responsibility of the paraprofessional to acquire 20 hours of related annual training to remain qualified to perform their job as a paraprofessional instructional aide.