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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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Recertification Requests for Credit - Online Form and Procedures


NOTE: If you are already familiar with the CLE Requirements and procedures for filing for CLE credit by using the online form, click here to go directly to the form.

The following procedures apply to those submitting requests via this form. Generally, the form is submitted for requests for hours for attendance of CLE programs for paralegals.

When to File


Request for CLE hours may be filed at any time during a five year period or probationary period.

Documentation


The form is submitted electronically to NALA Headquarters. Documentation is not required to be submitted with the form. Documentation to support all requests for CLE hours via use of the on-line form may be required by the NALA Certifying Board at any time within one year from the date the hours were entered on the record of the Certified Paralegal.

Hours Recorded - Unconfirmed


Requests for CLE hours will be reviewed by the Certifying Board staff to verify hours awarded, sponsor information, and relevancy.  Once reviewed, the hours will be recorded on the Certified Paralegal’s record with the notation “unconfirmed” to indicate that the request was filed via the on-line form and documentation was not received with the request.

Random Audit of CLE Requests Submitted via On-line Form

Periodically, the Certifying Board will select for audit any hours that are labeled “unconfirmed” and are for Certified Paralegals in a current five year period. Selections are randomly generated.

Notice of Audit of CLE Records for Request Submitted via On-line Form

Certifying Board will send notifications to all Certified Paralegals whose records have been selected for audit. The notification will provide what is required as documentation of the request for completion of CLE hours, a deadline date for response, and where documentation should be submitted.  The required documentation includes:

  • Certified Paralegal contact information
  • Type of Event
  • Date of Event
  • Name of Event
  • Location of Event
  • Event Sponsor
  • Sponsor contact information
  • Event program for calculation of CLE hours

The response is due within 60 days from the date of the notice. Documentation may be submitted via mail, email or fax.

Confirmation of hours – Acceptance of Documentation

If the documentation is received in a timely manner and meets the requirements stated in the notice, and of the Certifying Board for CLE programs, it will be accepted by the Certifying Board.  On the Certified Paralegal’s record, hours recorded for the entry will be labeled “confirmed.”Certified Paralegals will be provided notice of acceptance of the documentation and hours recorded.

Rejection of Hours - Denial of Documentation, Fraudulent Forms

If the requested documentation is not received, or is not submitted within the required time period, the Certifying Board may refuse to record hours for the submission. Certified Paralegals who file fraudulent forms, falsely represent the program, hours of instruction, or course description may be subject to discipline as set forth in the Rules for Disciplinary Proceedings.