National Intervener Credentialing


The need for Intervener training programs has long been recognized in the field of deafblindness. Although some local, state, and regional programs have been developed to address this need, the common standards, competencies, rigor and practices among these training programs vary greatly.

The National Intervener Credentialing Program utilizes the full set of CEC standards, knowledge and skill competencies, and practices in a way that is both rigorous and accessible. Administrators of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and State Education Agencies (SEAs) can be assured that interveners who have completed the approved training, practicum, and credentialing process have met the standards recognized beyond their local school, district, and state.

Intervener Requirements & Credentialing Process

The requirements for obtaining the National Intervener Credential

  • Candidates must take a minimum of 12 hours of credited, approved coursework from an Institution of Higher Education (university or college) and must earn a grade of B minus or better. This includes a qualified course instructor responsible for directing and guiding the work of the candidate throughout the Higher Education Intervener training program.
  • Coursework must include a supervised practicum experience.
  • The practicum experience (minimum of 2-3 credit hours) must include coaching for skill development under the supervision of the course instructor and the guidance of a trained Intervener Coach, who is an expert in deafblindness. This practicum experience includes a minimum of 200+ hours of contact time with someone who is deafblind and a minimum of 3 coaching sessions.
  • A completed Intervener Portfolio, based on the specialized set of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Intervener Standards and Competencies (2015*), must provide specific documentation showing the candidate has acquired the knowledge and demonstrated the skills needed to be a highly effective intervener. This Intervener Portfolio should be developed with instructor support and ongoing feedback throughout the process.

*Specialty Set: Special Education Paraeducator Intervener for Individuals with Deafblindness (PDBI) standards and competencies have recently been approved, May 2022. These revised standards will be reflected in future portfolio requirements.

  • Upon completion, the Intervener Portfolio will receive a final review by the course instructor.
  • Candidates, or the Course Instructor, will then submit the instructor-approved portfolio to the National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) Executive Director who evaluates the portfolio to determine if it meets the requisite standards and competencies for the National Intervener Credential. Depending on the portfolio, this review process will take 2-4 weeks.
  • The NRCP will notify the candidate when their portfolio has been approved. If changes are required prior to final approval they will be contacted with suggestions for change and can resubmit for final approval.   
  • Once approved, the candidate will submit a $100 processing fee (use the PayPal link below for payment) and a completed formal application for the National Intervener Credential.
  • The candidate can download the Intervener Credential Application here, but the candidate will also receive the application as an attachment to their notification email.
  • Upon receipt of the processing fee and completed application, the NRCP generates the National Intervener Credential, which is printed, and mailed to the Intervener.

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Who Can Provide Training for the National Intervener Credential?

Two university programs have been approved and are offering coursework toward credentialing: Central Michigan University and SKI-HI at the Institute for Disability Research, Policy & Practice located at Utah State University.

Click to learn more about the Central Michigan University Program and the SKI-HI Institute online training program.

The NRCP welcomes other intervener training programs to apply for national credentialing. Please contact Marilyn Likins, Executive Director, NRCP to begin the dialogue, discuss possible options, and address any questions or concerns. Marilyn can be reached through e-mail at See the following checklist for details related to program development leading to the National Intervener Credential. National Intervener Credential Program Criteria.

National Intervener Credential Renewal

The National Intervener Credential is valid for 5 years, after which time it needs to be renewed. Interveners can begin working on the renewal process through their professional development activities any time on or after their credential start date. 

Requirements for renewing the National Intervener Credential include:

  • Earn a total of 8 continuing education units (CEUs), or 80 clock hours, during the five-year credentialing period. 
  • Five of the CEUs must be in deafblindness-specific professional development activities.
  • Three elective CEUs can be from related topics/activities.
  • Credit may only be given for a specific topic workshop once in a five-year renewal cycle.
  • The dates the CEUs were earned must fall within the five-year credentialing cycle, and CEUs are not carried over from one renewal period to the next.    

A credentialed intervener can earn CEUs by:

  • Participating in state or national workshops or conferences related to deafblindness.   
    • Documentation required: Certificate of participation tied to a response paper.
  • Taking deafblindness-related courses from an accredited college or university and earning a grade of B- or higher. CEUs are calculated by multiplying one semester hour by 1.5 or multiplying one-quarter semester hour by 1. 
    • Documentation required: University or college transcript or certificate of satisfactory completion.
  • Participating in deafblindness-specific in-service trainings and workshops sponsored by state deafblindness projects or other organizations.   
    • Documentation required: Certificate of participation tied to a response paper.
  • Training in sign language and/or tactile sign language. 
    • Documentation required: Certificate of satisfactory completion.
  • Elective professional development activities in related topics as specified above.
    • Documentation required: Certificate of participation tied to a response paper.