Upcoming PA Training Opportunities
Below is a list of PA training in Illinois. Please note that it is always subject to change, so we encourage you to check back often.
The Personal Assistant Recruitment & Training Program is intended to help you to prepare to provide assistance to persons with disabilities. The program is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Human Services – Division of Rehabilitation Services and regulated by Title 89 of the Illinois Administrative Code, Part 686.
INCIL, the Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, is the statewide association for Illinois’ 22 Centers for Independent Living (CILs). Through the centers, persons with disabilities in Illinois are empowered with the knowledge and skills to make their own life choices and pursue their own goals of self-sufficiency and full participation in their communities. Learn more at incil.org.
Seeking Personal Assistants
Are you looking for a rewarding job and interested in gaining valuable work experience? People with disabilities throughout Illinois are seeking mature, reliable and honest people to work as their personal assistants.
What is a personal assistant?
A personal assistant is someone who helps individuals with a disability with routine activities of daily living in their homes. Duties can include personal care, meal preparation, shopping or other duties which are dependent on a person’s needs.
Personal Assistant Tasks
Personal Assistants provide support and services that enable individuals with disabilities to remain at home. Some tasks include:
- Personal care such as bathing, bathroom assistance, dressing and grooming
- Assistance with medical needs such as transferring and mobility exercises
- Homemaking services such as cleaning, cooking, shopping, budgeting and light secretarial work
- Running errands and setting up transportation
Some benefits and opportunities of becoming a personal assistant include:
- Pays $16.50 per hour
- Flexible schedule
- Personal and professional development
How to Get Started
Centers for Independent Living throughout Illinois offer regular orientations for individuals who are interested in becoming a personal assistant. The orientation covers communication skills, care techniques, information about the employee and employer relationship, and much more. Locate a Center for Independent Living to learn more.
“With the help of my personal assistant, I can live effectively and successfully in the community, to maintain my independence.”
—Marvin, PA Program Consumer