Training and skills enhancement for paraprofessionals

States no longer have the option of hiring and retaining untrained paraprofessionals. Federal and state requirements, increased job responsibilities, and the increased numbers of paraprofessionals in education are mandating the training of paraprofessionals. Training programs must be developed and guided by similar core of basic competencies with input from all individuals and groups vested in the excellence of education. This study focuses on the examination of paraprofessional competencies from various states, organizations and agencies. From these competencies a set of twelve core competencies were extracted for development of a basic paraprofessional training program. Existing paraprofessional training programs were examined as a resource for development of paraprofessional training programs.