The Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators in Pennsylvania is a completely voluntary program for paraeducators and school districts who wish to participate. The Credential of Competency is one way a special education paraprofessional may reach qualified status as required by PA regulations. When a school district, intermediate unit or MAWA administrator has verified a special education paraprofessional’s competence in each of the ten standards outlined in the Competency Assessment Checklist, the Checklist document is submitted to the Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. Upon review and approval of the submitted documents, the applicant will be issued a Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators in Pennsylvania. Click the link below to download the Credential of Competency Checklist.