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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
Click learn more about advanced
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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For Certified Paralegals

Certified Paralegals are required to meet certain continuing legal education requirements to maintain the certification. This section describes the CLE requirements, and provides links to important forms and information related to the ongoing requirements. In addition, this section includes the disciplinary procedures for complaints filed against Certified Paralegals.

The pages in this section are:

 to read the instructions on using the CP and CLA certification marks

 


 Online CLE Reporting form to report CLE credit to NALA

Certificate of Attendance Form to obtain signatures for supporting documentation

 Recertification Form - use this to file a request for recertification at the end of your five year period.

to send an e-mail message to NALA Headquarters to request a summary of continuing education hours that have been recorded for you.

 

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.