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Certification


On April 30, 2014, The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal program for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry.  The NALA Certified Paralegal program joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations representing over 270 certification programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA


Click to learn more about the Advanced Paralegal Certification Program
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certification for paralegals!
 

To download the 2012 Job Analysis Report. This major study of the paralegal career field was released by the NALA Certifying Board June 15, 2012.


 Current Directory of Certified Paralegals
This link opens a form that may be used to verify one's certification status. Please check the update date if a name is not listed.


Professional certification is a time honored career development tool. It is helpful to employers and those seeking to enhance their career options. Because of the reliance on certification programs for career decisions, it is important a program is professionally managed and administered. NALA's over 35 years of experience in this area, and nearly 17,000 paralegals attest to the professionalism of the program.


   CLE Look Up for Certified Paralegals
Click this link to review the CLE credits recorded on your account. This information includes the expiration date of your certificate, the total credits awarded, as well as the credits that are classified as non-substantive credits, and ethics. This information is updated every 24-48 hours during the business week. 

Members need to log in with their NALA Net User name, and member number as the password. Non-members will be provided login information in an electronic newsletter.  Click here to request this information from NALA Headquarters.

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News & Upcoming Events
Certified Paralegal Program Receives National Accreditation

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the NALA Certified Paralegal certification program for a five year period, expiring April 30, 2019 ...

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Paralegal CLE App for iPad and Androids Now Available

NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

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New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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Certifying Board Releases Job Analysis Report

The report is used by the Certifying Board to validate and update the Certified Paralegal exam as needed and ensure NALA has current information about the roles and responsibilities of paralegals.

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Need a product or service for your office?

The NALA Vendor Directory is a terrific place to start. This is a list of legal vendors offering a great range of help including deposition services, document services, and investigations. Click the link below...
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Examinee Handbook-Application, Rules & Testing Center Details

If you have made the decision to seek the Certified Paralegal credential, this is your area for administrative details and information about taking the examination.

The application process and registering with the testing centers is presented here on several pages under the heading of Examinee Handbook. The pages, with active links, are listed below. In addition, you may download a pdf booklet which includes this information. The booklets are listed below.

  • Applying for the Exam and Form Requirements
    This page lists the eligibility requirements for the Certified Paralegal examination, fees, deadline dates, and documentation required. This also states the examinee attestation required of all making application for the exam.
     
  • Applying for the Exam – General Policies
    This page lists general policies for examinees, including the retake policy, appeal process if the application form is declined, and the policy regarding cheating and misconduct in the Certified Paralegal program.
     
  • Applying for the Exam – Examination Results and Appeal
    This page describes when you may expect to receive examination results, what the report contains, and the appeal process.
     
  • Testing Center Options
    There are two options for testing centers. One is through the PSI network of testing centers, and another is through schools and employers. This page describes these options.
     
  • PSI Testing Center Network and Appointments
    The PSI testing center network includes centers owned by PSI and those authorized by PSI. This page describes the centers available, the PSI policies related to examinees, fees, and other rules and policies.
     
  • NON-PSI Testing Centers
    Many testing centers that are established by NALA are open to the public. This list is current for each testing window.  Check this often, there may be a center in your area.
     
  • Testing Center Rules and Policies
    This page lists the rules, terms and conditions of testing, and policies that apply to all testing centers. Each examinee must agree to these terms prior to accessing the examination.
     
  • Presentation of Computer Based Exam Questions
    Before you take the test, visit this page for a review of what the login and question screens look like. Check this every time you are taking an examination section, sometimes the versions change.
If you wish, you  may download booklets of all of the information included on these web pages and attachments for future reference. Be sure to check the web site for current information.
Booklets
Certification Examination, Examinee/Candidate Handbook, and Certified Paralegals
If you wish, you  may download booklets of all of the information included on these web pages and attachments for future reference.
Be sure to check the web site for current information.
Title (with live link) & Description
The Certification Program Describes the program administration, examination sections, and provides current numbers of Certified Paralegals and Advanced Certified Paralegals
Examination Description
and Research
This provides more detailed information about the examination sections and what they cover, research behind the examination, and information about the latest job analysis study.
Examinees:  Application Form, General Polices, Exam Results This provides detailed information about applying for the examination, eligibility requirements, policies relating to examinees and retakes, cheating and discipline, and examination results.
Testing Centers and Policies, Examination Questions This, too, is information specifically for examinees. This describes the procedures for finding locations and confirming appointments for the testing sessions. In addition the testing center rules and policies are listed here. The final section of this booklet provides screen shots of the login and question screens examinees will see on the day of testing. 
Recertification Requirements This is the first of two booklets for Certified Paralegals, and includes information for examinees. This booklet describes the recertification requirements followed by all with the Certified Paralegal credential. This includes a description of the types of eligible programs, how to file requests for credit, and notices and appeal for revocation of the Certified Paralegal Credential based on failure to meet the CLE requirements.
Disciplinary Procedures The second of two booklets for Certified Paralegals, this describes the disciplinary procedures to be followed if a complaint is filed against a Certified Paralegal.