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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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Steps-Application Procedure and Test Appointments


The application procedure is a two-step process. Examinees must first be admitted to the Certified Paralegal program by filing an application form with NALA Headquarters. Once admitted, examinees must schedule testing times through the PSI Testing Center Network to take an examination during the time the testing window is open. Examinees may also plan to take the examination at a non-PSI testing center. More information about the testing center options is found in the section entitled "Testing Centers and Policies."

Most communications to examinees from NALA and PSI are sent via e-mail notifications. PLEASE inform NALA of any changes in  your e-mail address. Be sure to check your spam filters to allow all e-mail messages from NALA and PSI.

From filing an application form to testing appointments, the steps are:
 
  • Filing the Application Form
All candidates for the Certified Paralegal credential must meet the examination eligibility requirements and complete and submit an application form for an upcoming Certified Paralegal exam testing window. Application forms may be submitted at any time, but no later than the application deadline date for the upcoming testing window.
  • Application Acknowledgement
NALA Headquarters will acknowledge receipt of the application form and payment. Examinees will also be advised if additional information is needed to complete the form, such as a school transcript or an additional employer attestation. Examinees must follow deadline dates established by NALA for receipt of the additional information.
  • Examinee Test Packet – Notification sent via e-mail
Approximately 30 days prior to the opening of the testing window, all approved examinees will receive an Authorization to Test form by e-mail. The Authorization to Test form includes the login information required to access the computer-based examination, and the exam sections that need to be completed in the current testing window or before the application expiration date. The Authorization to Test form also includes a link to the most current examinee information on NALA's web site. Examinees are encouraged to review the web site packet for the most recent information.

If any information is incorrectly listed on the Authorization to Test form, examinees should contact NALA Headquarters immediately.

The rules and procedures of testing centers, including Terms and Conditions of Testing, and Policy Statement, are discussed in the section entitled "Testing Center and Policies."
 
  • E-mail Notification Regarding Scheduling Appointments Through PSI
Examinees will receive notification by e-mail advising that PSI is ready to accept appointments from NALA examinees. The e-mail message will provide a web address for examinees to use to schedule the appointment(s), and the examinee ID number, and PIN. These numbers should be identical to the information provided by NALA. If they are not, examinees should contact NALA Headquarters immediately.
 
This mailing is sent to ALL examinees registered for the testing window. Examinees taking the exam through a non-PST testing center may disregard the PSI scheduling e-mail message.
  • Testing Center Appointments Through PSI's Web Site
Upon receipt of the candidate test packet, and notification from PSI, all examinees who are attending an PSI testing center are urged to make their appointments as quickly as possible. Depending on the center location, space is limited and if there is a delay in making the appointment, the exact time or date requested may not be available.