Parent Qualifying Course

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)


Home-based Instruction Parent-Qualifying Course

Cost:Regular: $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.

Thursday 8 June 2017, 9am-1:30pm – Register Here!

Registration Closes at midnight on 31 May 2017 * No Late Registrations

Please note that convention setup will be going on with forklifts and various machinery being used on this day. Please use caution in this area. The course is being held in the room located in the back of the Showplex, 20E as indicated on the map.

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.

Because we have expenses associated with the course (rent, materials, administration), we are able to offer the following refunds:

Cancellations on or before 15 May, 2017, will be charged a $30 fee.

Cancellations after 15 May, 2017, receive a 50% refund.

Cancellations after 31 May 2017, receive no refund.


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.

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.