The No Child Left Behind act has made it necessary for paraprofessionals to pass a test in order to practice within the United States. To take this test one must have either a bachelor's degree or two years of college.
It's important to note that the test may vary from district to distract and state to state. However, each test is tailored to meet federal guidelines, which in essence define the profession.
Federal regulations require that paraprofessionals be proficient in reading, writing and mathematics. Paraprofessional tests also look for knowledge of teaching and how to assist in classroom instruction. The most commonly used test is the ParaPro Assessment, which is a 2.5-hour test that consists of 90 multiple-choice questions.
How to Find a Test
The National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals (Which can be found at www.nrcpara.org) offers training manuals and links to various testing facilities. Many colleges and universities offer courses that include certification.