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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


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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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Qualifying as a Testing Center
In 2010, the Certified Paralegal examination transitioned from paper-pencil to computer based testing. The examination is now available in all PSI testing center network locations -- over 250 PSI owned and operated testing centers.

In addition, employers and schools may apply to NALA to become a testing center for the Certified Paralegal examination.

 Click here  to open/download a booklet that outlines the requirements and includes forms for applying to be a testing center for the Certified Paralegal examination.

For Schools and Employers


Certification as a paralegal should be  a part of the career management tools of all wishing to join this profession, and to make the paralegal profession the focus of their career.  For employers, certification confirms that NALA has verified the education and experience background of the certified paralegal, and that the paralegal has demonstrated knowledge and skills required to successfully complete the written examination. The examination is now in its 35th year of research and development.

After one achieves the Certified Paralegal credential, paralegals must submit proof of a minimum of 50 hours of continuing education, every five years, to maintain certification. This requirement also allows paralegal employees to demonstrate a commitment to continuing education and continued professional development.

Recognition of the Certified Paralegal program of NALA is nationwide. In private law offices, those with the credential generally have higher billing rates which are accepted by courts when awarding attorney fee award petitions. In corporations, the Certified Paralegal program is utilized as a means of providing a growth path for paralegal staff members.  For all, the CP program provides a win-win commitment.

Why Become a Testing Center?


Providing the opportunity for students and employees to take the Certified Paralegal examination on your premises offers the following opportunities:

For Schools:
  • Provide a program for students to help them become more competitive in the workplace, enhancing and supporting the degree provided
  • Allow students and graduates to participate in the Certified Paralegal program at a lower cost.
  • Provide a welcome service to students, graduates, and paralegals in the community.
For Employers:
  • Provide a service to employees that allows them to participate in the Certified Paralegal program at a lower cost.
  • Use the Certified Paralegal program, including study and preparation, as an employee training and development program.
  • Use the Certified Paralegal program as a means of reward for employees.
  • Use the Certified Paralegal program as a standard of excellence for non-lawyer services provided by the firm.


 Click here  to read more about qualifying as a Certified Paralegal examination testing center.