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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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Testing Center Options


PSI Testing Center Network


Most examinees in the Certified Paralegal program will be utilizing the PSI Premier PLUS Test Centers.  There are over 250 PSI testing centers throughout the United States.  After examinees are admitted to the Certified Paralegal program, they will work directly with PSI to confirm testing appointments. The web site, www.psiexams.com has a list of testing centers. Be sure to choose National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) as the Sponsor name from the drop down menu of certification programs  for an accurate list.

Examinees Participating in Non-PSI Testing Centers

NALA has established procedures which allow an employer or school to apply to become a NALA approved testing center. This is designed for groups of employees, or paralegal students. A packet of forms and requirements to become an authorized testing center for the Certified Paralegal examination is available from the NALA web site and may also be obtained by contacting NALA Headquarters. Click here to review the information about qualifying as a testing center on the web site.

Overview of Testing Center Options


If you have the option of selecting between PSI and Non-PSI centers, the following chart outlines the different procedures.

If you are taking the exam at
a PSI center:

If you are taking the exam at
a non-PSI center:

  • All centers through the PSI testing center network are available for the Certified Paralegal examination, subject to the center’s hours of operation.
  • The center must be approved by NALA in advance of the testing window. An examinee’s employer may qualify or most community colleges.
  • All NALA examinees will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to make an appointment through PSI.
  • If you receive a communication from PSI, disregard this communication and its instructions regarding making appointments. READ the communication before discarding, however.  This may include information about the testing that could apply to you.
  •  Be sure to review the rules posted on the PSI web site when making your appointment.
  • You must arrange your own testing schedule through the school or your employer. Be sure you know the time you will need for each exam section.
  • PSI will charge an appointment fee payable by credit card when the appointment is made.
  • Fees vary by testing center. Some schools and employers do not charge. Inquire about this in advance from the testing center. NALA is often not aware of fees charged by non-PSI centers.
  •  PSI advises NALA of appointments that are made and confirmed.
  • Examinees must advise NALA of appointment times and dates.
  •  PSI has strict rules regarding cancellation or rescheduling. Changes or cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to the appointment time will result in a forfeiture of payment.
  • Testing center rules regarding fees vary by center. Consult the testing center for these details. Generally, if centers have charges for the proctors and testing facility, payment will be made upon entering the center as part of the check-in process.
  • Cancellations more than 72 hours in advance of the appointment time are eligible for refund. Appointments are cancelled or rescheduled on-line using the same link used to schedule appointments.  Contact NALA Headquarters for questions regarding refunds.
  • Information for schools and employers about qualifying as a testing center may be found on the NALA web site under “Certification.”