Paraprofessional Testing

State of Illinois certification guidelines for teacher aides/assistants

Title I-funded teacher assistants are required to have one of the following:

  • an associate's (two-year) degree, or
  • two years of college completed (60 credit hours), or
  • demonstrated knowledge, through a formal state or local academic assessment, of reading/language arts, writing and mathematics.

By law, any assessment used to certify teacher assistants must be valid, reliable, and documented.

WorkKeys® Proficiency Certificate for teacher assistants

The WorkKeys is a two-hour computer-based exam over two content areas: Work Place Documents and Applied Mathematics.


$50, check or cash


Testing is done in person by appointment only. Please contact the LLCC Testing Center to schedule.