Established in 1976, NALA’s CP program has enabled the profession to develop a strong and responsive self-regulatory program offering a nationwide credential for paralegals. The CP credential has been acknowledged by the American Bar Association as a mark of high professional achievement. On April 30, 2014, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the NALA Certified Paralegal program. The NALA Certified Paralegal program joins an elite group of more than 120 organizations that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation.
NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals
The NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals is responsible for content, standards and administration of the CP Certified Paralegal® Program. It is composed of paralegals who have received an Advanced Paralegal Certification designation, attorneys and paralegal educators.
In the technical areas of statistical analyses, examination construction, reliability and validity tests, the Board contracts with a professional consulting firm offering expertise in these areas as well as in occupational research. Technical analyses of the Certified Paralegal examination are conducted on an ongoing basis to ensure the integrity of the examination. Content analyses of the test design, accuracy of questions, and topic/subject mix for each exam section are ongoing processes of the Certifying Board. The Board also utilizes the occupational data available through surveys of paralegals and other means, including a review of textbooks and research within the field of paralegal education. Through these analyses and procedures, the Board is assured that the examination reflects and responds to work-place realities and demands.