Parent Qualifying Courses

June 21st – Green River College

Course Description:

The Home-based Instruction Qualifying Course will cover the law (declaration of intent, record keeping, subjects, testing/assessment, records), support, information and resources, part time attendance and ancillary services, alternative education in WA, and Running Start. 

Upon Completion of this course, the parent(s) will be able to: Understand the HBI law, find support for homeschooling, and be able to negotiate the educational system in Washington State to help their children reach their educational goals.

This course satisfies RCW 28A.225.010(4)(b)


PLEASE NOTE:  When you register, you should receive a confirmation of your registration in a few moments.  We’ve found these often end up in spam folders, because they are auto-generated. A few days before the course, we will send another email with additional information.

Home-based Instruction Parent-Qualifying Course

Cost: Early Bird Registration (ends 6/13/18): $90* for one parent, $120 for two**

* Parents can be any two adults from the same household who are parenting the same one or more children. If you’re an extended family and you want parent and grandparent to come, that’s fine.  
** Price increases 50% on 13 June 2018

Included in the course fee is a WHO membership, good for one year.

In Person – Thursday – June 21, 2018, 1:00pm to 5:00pm – Green River College –   Register Here

Location: On the Green River Campus, specific room TBD.  Because of the overwhelming response, we are leaving ourselves open to a room change to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.  We will send out the room location and all the details in an email the week before the course.  (Apologies to my Type-A folks who wanted to put an actual address and room number in your dayplanner now).

About the Instructor:

Jen Garrison Stuber: I fell into homeschooling in 2003, when my then seven year old became a second-grade drop-out. Along the way, I became a vocal advocate for independent homeschooling, run a local support group (in Spokane, on the sunnyside of our state), joined the WHO Board in January 2010, and currently serve as the Advocacy Chair.

About the Instructor’s Homeschooling:

I started out with grand plans to homeschool using the Classical Trivium. It was a bit of an adjustment for both of us, as my daughter had been at the school for just over 3 years, and I was making a radical transition from college professor to homeschool mom. As it turned out, Classical was a really bad fit for my daughter. But after those initial bumps, we haven’t looked back, even as we made our way through unit studies and a mishmash of different methodologies and curricula to unschooling.

Homeschooling has allowed us to provide an education uniquely suited to our daughter’s mismatched collection of strengths and weaknesses, catering to the former while mitigating the latter.


There will be no refunds given for this course.

Do I Need this Course?

There are four ways to qualify to homeschool in WA:

45 college quarter credits


Parent Qualifying Course


Hire a Certificated Teacher to oversee the homeschooling


Superintendent Approval

If you already qualify in one of the other ways, you do not need to take the PQC.

Also useful to know: you need only take the course once; it is good for a lifetime.

Want to be notified of the next WHO Sponsored Parent Qualifying Course?  Sign up here 

If one of these dates or times don’t work for you, we have a list of other people offering parent qualifying courses across our state (and some by correspondence!) listed on our website.