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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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Guide to this Section, Booklets, Links and Forms
This page lists the contents of the certification section. In addition, it includes links to pdf bookets with the same information, and links to frequently used forms.

Pages in this Section


There are several distinct areas of the certification area of this web site.They are listed below with a short description and links to pages within the sections.

Certification - provides information about certification in general, purpose and administration of the program

Certified Paralegal Exam Description - provides background and current status of the certification program. Pages linked to this provide additional details about:
Substantive Law Exam Revised September 2013 - notice to those who may need to retake the Substantive Law section of the examination and who first sat for the exam prior to September 2013

Examinee Handbook - Application, Rules & Testing Center Details - several page section for those interested in taking the exam, provides details on the application process and fees, testing centers and fees, and exm results
For Certified Paralegals - recertification and disciplinary policies
Certified Paralegal Exam Study Materials - list of suggested study references for the exam, broken down by exam section

Practice Test - Certified Paralegal Exam - description of practice tests available on the same format as the actual exam

Qualifying as a Testing Center - for examinees whose employers may serve as testing centers, and schools that are interested in providing this for their students

Advanced Paralegal Certification- provides details of over 20 advanced CLE programs for Certified Paralegals


PDF Booklets Available


This section of the NALA web site describes the Certified Paralegal Exam program, provides descriptions of the examination and examination sections, lists research reports and performance reports, provides examinee information, and detailed information about the recertification requirements for Certified Paralegals.  This material is also available in pdf format for future reference.

Booklets
Certification Examination, Examinee Handbook, and Certified Paralegals Info
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 and current numbers of Certified Paralegals and Advanced Certified Paralegals
Examination Description
and Research
Provides information about the five examination sections, and research behind the examination. Includes information about the passing score required, and point allocations for each exam section.
Examinees: Application Form, General Polices, Exam Results 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 booklet describes the recertification requirements of 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.
 

Forms


If you need a form, here are the most common forms requested.  Please feel free to contact NALA Headquarters if you need additional help or information.