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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about the Advanced Paralegal Certification program?  The following may helpful to you.  If your question and answer are not here, please contact NALA Headquarters.

For Employers

  • What are the benefits of advanced certification for paralegals? 
     
  • How long is the certification valid? 
     
  • How can I verify a paralegal's certification status?
Admission/Eligibility Requirements 
  • Do I have to be a NALA member? 
     
  • What is the cost of a APC course? 
     
  • What if I do not have a CLA/CP credential and want to participate in the advanced program?
     
  • What if I need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act? 
     
  • How long do I have to wait before I know the results? 
     
  • Is there a limit to the number of certifications I can have?
Curriculum Based Format


  • I already have a CLAS - how does the new program affect my advanced certification? Do I have to take the certification program again? 
     
  • What computer equipment will I need? 
     
  • What is the course structure?
     
  • How long does it take to finish a course? 
     
  • Who do I contact with questions about either the course content or technical questions?
     
  • What's a passing score?
     
Rules and Regulations


  • What are the requirements for maintaining the advanced certification? 
     
  • I am a CLA/CP. Do I get CLE credit for completion of an APC course? How much?
     
  • May I just take a course and not seek certification? 
     
  • Do you offer refunds?  
  • What if I cannot complete the certification program in 730 days?
     
  • Describe the concept behind course prerequisite knowledge.  
     
  • What is a learning contract?
     
  • The program is web based - how does the Advanced Paralegal Certification Board know the person who completed the course is the person who will receive the certification credential?