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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

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The ACP Credential - Award and Description

Award of the Credential

To receive the ACP credential, all candidates must be Certified Paralegals in good standing and:

  • Submit a completed learning contract for each APC course taken within 30 days of enrollment. The learning contract asks candidates for certification to outline learning objectives for the course and reviews information about self-directed learning.
  • Complete all modules and exercises in the course and all course requirements.
    Note: The Personal Injury Core Course also requires completion of a grade 90% or better on the course pre-test. This requirement is waived for those with the ACP credential in Discovery and Trial Practice

  • Submit a completed statement of completion to advise the board the course work is completed, discuss how learning objectives were met, and request the award of the credential.
  • Some APC courses will require additional items.

Candidates agree to abide by the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and are advised that falsification of the information on the learning contract and statement of completion may result in suspension or loss of the CLA/CP and the ACP certification credentials.

Upon completion of an Advanced Paralegal Certification program, those with a valid CLA/CP credential will be awarded use of the credential "ACP", Advanced Certified Paralegal.  NALA has received service mark protection for the ACP mark.

Description of the Credential

The credential awarded includes the paralegal's certified status and demonstration of advanced knowledge in the specific practice area or areas. Accepted ways of using the credential include:

Jane Doe, ACP
Contract Administration Paralegal

Jane Doe, Advanced Certified Paralegal

Jane Doe, ACP
Advanced Certified Paralegal - Discovery

Jane Doe, ACP
ACP- Product Liability

You may also choose to use the term "legal assistant" instead of "paralegal" but the credential is "ACP."

The use of credentials on letterhead and business cards is a policy of your employer. While you may be awarded the ACP credential, its proper use on employer letterhead and printed material is determined by the employer.

Nearly all regulations regarding firm letterhead require that if non-lawyers are allowed to be included on letterhead, the non-lawyer status must be clearly indicated. This is why the initials  - CLA, CP or ACP - alone, may not be sufficient.