Become a Certified Paralegal (CP) or CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP)

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Become a Certified (CP) Paralegal

Certification is the process through which an organization grants formal recognition to a paralegal who meets certain established requirements, including formal training, work experience, and passing an examination. Certification signifies to employers and clients that these paralegals possess a specified level of understanding and competence in the field. Once a paralegal has met these criteria, they may use the designation “Certified Paralegal” or “CP.” NALA testing months are January, May and September. Visit www.nala.org for more information.

Become a CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP)

Currently, two National organizations offer certification, NALA and NFPA. The scope, duration and requirements for certification vary with each organization. The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) also offers a credentialing exam called the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ or “PCCE™,” wherein paralegals that pass this exam hold the designation of "CORE Registered Paralegal" or “CRP.” NFPA has a predominant presence in the southern part of the State. NFPA review sessions will be held at the Eatontown Campus. Visit www.paralegals.org for more information.

Benefits and Advantages of Becoming Certified/Registered:

Individuals searching for paralegal jobs will find themselves immersed in a large pool of applicants. Having a paralegal certification can open up career opportunities that were not previously available. Experience is a factor that not all job seekers are going to have; for those with little to no experience, having a paralegal certification can be just the edge they need to surpass other candidates. Similarly, having this certification tells potential employers who is serious about becoming a paralegal. In some cases, the certified paralegal can forego some of the training, which saves the employer time and money.

Another advantage to a paralegal certification is the potential to earn a higher income, both in wages and benefits. There is a specific correlation between certified paralegals and earning more money; essentially, those who are certified earn more than those who are not. As certification is not required, it is considered additional knowledge, meaning the certified paralegal becomes more valuable and is considered more of an asset to the firm or company.

Additionally, those paralegals who are certified are required to maintain their certification by attending continuing education courses. These courses keep paralegals up to date on the latest legal knowledge and ethical obligations. Certified paralegals have the benefit of gaining knowledge continuously, ensuring they remain an advantageous asset to their employer. Many of our legal specialty courses have been approved for 10 hours of CLE credit by NALA and 24 hours of CLE credit by NFPA which is necessary to maintain these designations.

Although certification programs are voluntary at the moment, as laws change and there is further growth of the legal industry, more states may require this certification. Obtaining a paralegal certification prior to any future legislation may save time and money in the long run or reduce the effect of such mandates. Additionally, paralegals with certification will be ahead of those who need to go back for additional schooling and certification.[1]


 

[1] Source: Paralegalcertificationhelp.com 2014

 

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)

National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)

Review Course Dates and Locations to be Announced
 


NALA Exam application and information:
http://nala.org/app-applying.aspx

Testing Center options (FDU is non-PSI):
http://nala.org/tc-options.aspx

Approved non-PSI Testing Centers:
http://nala.org/tc-non-psi.aspx


NFPA Exam Information:
http://www.paralegals.org/default.asp?page=18

NFPA Exam Application:
https://www2.proexam.org/NFPA/Candidate/

NFPA Testing Sites:
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/nfpa/Pages/landing.aspx

 


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