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Want to apply for a paraprofessional license but unsure where to start?

Check out this How Do I Apply for a Paraprofessional License flowchart! 

License Renewal- click here



To be a licensed paraprofessional, you must:

  1. Be at least 19 years of age and;

  2. Show proof of one (1) of the following requirements:

    1. Associate's degree or higher; or

    2. 60 semester hours of coursework; or

    3. High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS ParaPro test; or

    4. High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Work Keys test:

      • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math — 4

      • Reading for Information/Workplace Documents — 4

  • If you have 60 college credit hours or an Associate’s degree and would like to apply for the paraprofessional license, please send your official transcripts to Virginia at

  • If you do not have 60 college credit hours or an Associate’s degree, you will need to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment. For information about this assessment and where to take it, click here

  • Once all requirements and documents have been received and uploaded by the ROE to your ELIS account you can apply for the Paraprofessional License. For detailed instruction, if you have 60 credit hours- click here 



ACT WorkKeys For Paraprofessionals


What Tests You Need To Take: 

  • Each test is 55 minutes long

  • A score of 4 is needed on both tests


Applied Math - WorkKeys Assessments - WorkKeys - Products and Services


Workkeys for Workforce Developers - Assessments - Workplace Documents


Where You Can Take The Tests:

**these are not the only testing locations, but ones that will likely be convenient for our area. You can search for testing sites here


Illinois Central College: East Peoria Campus


Waubonsee Community College: Aurora Downtown Campus

  • Other Testing (info PDF here)

  • Email or Call (630) 801-7900 x4182

  • $25 per test


Joliet Junior College: City Center Campus in Joliet & Grundy Workforce Services in Morris 


More Information on Paraprofessional Requirements: Educator Licensure Requirements




Registration Fee Refund

  • Educator License with Stipulations - Paraprofessional (ELS PARA)
    Public Act 100-0772 provides that any educator registering their Educator License with Stipulations endorsed for Paraprofessional (ELS-PARA) on or after July 1, 2018, shall pay license registration fees in the amount of $5 per year rather than $10. Any educator who registered an ELS-PARA between July 1, 2018, and October 16, 2018 may qualify for a refund.

    ISBE will notify all individuals who are eligible for a refund and will begin processing refunds beginning the week of December 17, 2018, with all refunds scheduled to be completed by March 1, 2019.
    Refunds will be processed to the credit or debit card used at the time of payment. No further action will be required unless the debit or credit card used for payment is no longer active. If the card used is no longer active, ISBE will require a W-9 form to process a check. W-9 forms should be mailed to:

    Illinois State Board of Education
    Division of Educator Effectiveness
    100 N First Street, E-240
    Springfield, IL 62777

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