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Paralegals have the option of earning an advanced paralegal certification to advance their careers. Listed below are a few certification programs offered by various state and national organizations.
California Certified Paralegal (CCP®)
The California Alliance of Paralegal Associations’ (CAPA) voluntary certification program is an opportunity for paralegals to validate their qualifications and offers a credential to paralegals working in California who are compliant with Business and Professions Code ("BPC") Section 6450 et. seq.
For more information, visit: CAPA CCP Exam FAQ
Note: San Francisco Paralegal Association (SFPA) is a member association of the California Alliance of Paralegal Associations (CAPA).
Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE)
In 1996, the NFPA created this exam to gauge the competency level of experienced paralegals. Paralegals who pass the exam will obtain the RP credential.
For more information visit: NFPA PACE Information
Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE™)
This exam was developed to assess the skills, ability and knowledge of paralegals. Since 2011, many paralegals have earned the right to use the CRP credential.
For more information visit: NFPA PCCE Information
Certified Paralegal Certification
Professional certification is a great career development tool. The NALA Certifying Board for Paralegals is responsible for the content, standards and administration of the Certified Paralegal Program. As of November 2013, over 17,000 paralegals have become Certified Paralegals in the United States.
For more information visit: NALA Certified Paralegal Program
Advanced Paralegal Certification
If you are seeking to enhance your career options, consider taking web-based courses in NALA's Advanced Paralegal Certification ("APC") program. You don't have to be a Certified Paralegal to take the courses. However, you must already have the Certified Paralegal certification to be awarded the credential. As of November 2013, there are over 3,000 Advanced Certified Paralegals in the United States.
For more information visit: NALA APC Information