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Certification

This area includes details of the examination program and provides information for those seeking and those maintaining professional certification. In addition, employers may refer to these pages for more details about the certification program and its requirements.


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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News & Upcoming Events
Paralegal CLE App for iPad and Androids Now Available

NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification courses, and NALA Campus self-study programs are now available from the Apple Store and Google Play! Paralegals may now purchase or login to courses in which they are currently enrolled through this app. The app features a free course preview for each of the 32 programs, and access to course pre-tests for CP Exam prep courses!

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Real Estate-Principles Released

The NALA Advanced Paralegal Certification Board has released the much anticipated Real Estate Principles course! Real Estate Principles is now available online . . .

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New Advanced Certification Course - Child Custody

A new Advanced Paralegal Certification (APC) course in Family Law – Child Custody, Support and Visitation is now available to paralegals seeking advanced certification in this specialty practice area ...

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Limited Practice Rule for Nonlawyers Approved June 15

June 15, 2012 Washington Supreme Court Order #25700-A-1005 Consistent with GR 25 (the Supreme Court rule establishing the Practice of Law Board), the rule establishes a framework for the licensing and regulation of non-attorneys to engage in discrete activities that currently fall within the definition of the "practice of law" (as defined by GR 24) and which are currently subject to exclusive regulation and oversight by this Court. The rule itself authorizes no one to practice. It simply establishes the regulatory framework for the consideration of proposals to allow non-attorneys to practice.

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Need a product or service for your office?

The NALA Vendor Directory is a terrific place to start. This is a list of legal vendors offering a great range of help including deposition services, document services, and investigations. Click the link below...
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The ACP Credential - Award and Description

Award of the Credential


To receive the ACP credential, all candidates must be Certified Paralegals in good standing and:

  • Submit a completed learning contract for each APC course taken within 30 days of enrollment. The learning contract asks candidates for certification to outline learning objectives for the course and reviews information about self-directed learning.
     
  • Complete all modules and exercises in the course and all course requirements.
    Note: The Personal Injury Core Course also requires completion of a grade 90% or better on the course pre-test. This requirement is waived for those with the ACP credential in Discovery and Trial Practice

  • Submit a completed statement of completion to advise the board the course work is completed, discuss how learning objectives were met, and request the award of the credential.
     
  • Some APC courses will require additional items.

Candidates agree to abide by the NALA Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and are advised that falsification of the information on the learning contract and statement of completion may result in suspension or loss of the CLA/CP and the ACP certification credentials.

Upon completion of an Advanced Paralegal Certification program, those with a valid CLA/CP credential will be awarded use of the credential "ACP", Advanced Certified Paralegal.  NALA has received service mark protection for the ACP mark.

Description of the Credential


The credential awarded includes the paralegal's certified status and demonstration of advanced knowledge in the specific practice area or areas. Accepted ways of using the credential include:

Jane Doe, ACP
Contract Administration Paralegal

Jane Doe, Advanced Certified Paralegal
Discovery

Jane Doe, ACP
Advanced Certified Paralegal - Discovery

Jane Doe, ACP
ACP- Product Liability
 

You may also choose to use the term "legal assistant" instead of "paralegal" but the credential is "ACP."

The use of credentials on letterhead and business cards is a policy of your employer. While you may be awarded the ACP credential, its proper use on employer letterhead and printed material is determined by the employer.

Nearly all regulations regarding firm letterhead require that if non-lawyers are allowed to be included on letterhead, the non-lawyer status must be clearly indicated. This is why the initials  - CLA, CP or ACP - alone, may not be sufficient.