The application procedure is a two-step process. Examinees must first be admitted to the Certified Paralegal program by filing an application form with NALA Headquarters. Once admitted, examinees must schedule testing times through the PSI Testing Center Network to take an examination during the time the testing window is open. Examinees may also plan to take the examination at a non-PSI testing center. More information about the testing center options is found in the section entitled "Testing Centers and Policies."
Most communications to examinees from NALA and PSI are sent via e-mail notifications. PLEASE inform NALA of any changes in your e-mail address. Be sure to check your spam filters to allow all e-mail messages from NALA and PSI.
From filing an application form to testing appointments, the steps are:
- Filing the Application Form
All candidates for the Certified Paralegal credential must meet the examination eligibility requirements and complete and submit an application form for an upcoming Certified Paralegal exam testing window. Application forms may be submitted at any time, but no later than the application deadline date for the upcoming testing window.
- Application Acknowledgement
NALA Headquarters will acknowledge receipt of the application form and payment. Examinees will also be advised if additional information is needed to complete the form, such as a school transcript or an additional employer attestation. Examinees must follow deadline dates established by NALA for receipt of the additional information.
- Examinee Test Packet – Notification sent via e-mail
Approximately 30 days prior to the opening of the testing window, all approved examinees will receive an Authorization to Test form by e-mail. The Authorization to Test form includes the login information required to access the computer-based examination, and the exam sections that need to be completed in the current testing window or before the application expiration date. The Authorization to Test form also includes a link to the most current examinee information on NALA's web site. Examinees are encouraged to review the web site packet for the most recent information.
If any information is incorrectly listed on the Authorization to Test form, examinees should contact NALA Headquarters immediately.
The rules and procedures of testing centers, including Terms and Conditions of Testing, and Policy Statement, are discussed in the section entitled "Testing Center and Policies."
- E-mail Notification Regarding Scheduling Appointments Through PSI
Examinees will receive notification by e-mail advising that PSI is ready to accept appointments from NALA examinees. The e-mail message will provide a web address for examinees to use to schedule the appointment(s), and the examinee ID number, and PIN. These numbers should be identical to the information provided by NALA. If they are not, examinees should contact NALA Headquarters immediately.
This mailing is sent to ALL examinees registered for the testing window. Examinees taking the exam through a non-PST testing center may disregard the PSI scheduling e-mail message.
- Testing Center Appointments Through PSI's Web Site
Upon receipt of the candidate test packet, and notification from PSI, all examinees who are attending an PSI testing center are urged to make their appointments as quickly as possible. Depending on the center location, space is limited and if there is a delay in making the appointment, the exact time or date requested may not be available.