Certified Legal Assistant (CLA), Certified Paralegal (CP) and Advanced Certified Paralegal (ACP) designations - Administered by NALA, the CLA or CP examination is the first step for individuals to become recognized for their level of knowledge and competence as paralegals. This two-day examination is is administered three times a year and covers federal procedure in areas such as legal research and writing, general law, communications skills and each paralegal may select 4 substantive topics on which to be tested. Successful completion of the NALA exam entitles the paralegal to include the designation of Certified Legal Assistant "CLA" or Certified Paralegal "CP" after his/her name to distinguish them as obtaining the nationally-recognized standard in paralegal competence. Previously, NALA offered a CLAS designation that evolved in 2006, to become the current certification program which includes specialized advanced courses (ACP) for paralegals who are already certified. As of April 30, 2014, NALA's Certified Paralegal program is accredited by the NCAA. More information about the CP examination and study materials are available through NALA's website at: https://www.nala.org/node/1028
CLA® is a certification mark duly registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Regis. No. 1131999). Any unauthorized use is strictly forbidden.
CP® is a certification mark duly registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Regis. No. 2864940). Any unauthorized use is strictly forbidden.
Registered Paralegal (RP) designation - administered by the NFPA, this examination is a 4-hour exam based on five areas of legal administration and development of client matters, fact research, legal writing and office administration. This nationally-recognized examination and certification process is called the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam ("PACE"). Successful completion of this national certification examination entitles the paralegal to include the designation of PACE-Registered Paralegal "RP" after his/her name to distinguish them as obtaining the nationally-recognized standard in paralegal competence. For more information about the PACE examination, CLICK HERE
Although CFPA is not a NFPA-affiliated association, our goal is to promote professionalism within the paralegal field and CFPA recognizes as NFPA as a national organization that promotes continued education and professionalism.
National Paralegal Reporter, NFPA, PACE Registered Paralegal, RP,
PACE, NFPA - The Leader of the Paralegal Profession and the NFPA design
logo are all Registered Trademarks/Service Marks of NFPA; NFPA - Your
partner in your profession, PACE - The Standard for Excellence, NFPA
Tech Institute and the PACE design logo are Trademarks/Service Marks of
PP designation -is administered by NALS which established a professional paralegal certification in 2004. Any person who has five years’ experience performing paralegal/legal assistant duties (a candidate may receive a partial waiver of one year if he or she has a post-secondary degree, other certification, or a paralegal certificate; a candidate with a paralegal degree may receive a two-year partial waiver). The exam covers written communications, legal knowledge and skills, ethical judgment and skills, and substantive law. Successful completion of this national certification examination entitles the paralegal to include the designation of Professional Paralegal "PP"after his/her name as a means by which to distinguish themselves as having obtained this nationally-recognized standard in paralegal competence.
CFPA is not affiliated with NALS but recognizes NALS as a national organization whose mission is to promote continued legal education and professionalism.
To help curb certification confusion, NFPA prepared a COMPARISON CHART between the NALA CP, NALS PP and NFPA RP certifications. It's a great help to see the similarities and differences that are out there in the options facing a paralegal seeking certification. It should be noted that the this comparison chart has not been updated since 2007 -- the NFPA portion is accurate, but the NALA portion has not and it has changed -- although the bulk of the comparison is still accurate.
Florida Certified Paralegal (FCP) designation - is administered by Florida's only statewide paralegal association, the PAF. This is a state-specific examination for Florida Paralegals who seek
to further distinguish themselves as specialists in Florida law. A prerequisite to taking this examination is having already achieved the designation of CLA/CP/ACP , RP or PP. A
day-long seminar to prepare for this examination held at the University
of Central Florida in October. The examination takes place afterward
completion of this Florida-law specific certification examination
paralegal to include the designation of Florida Certified Paralegal (FCP)
after his/her name to distinguish them as obtaining an advanced level of competence of Florida law.
is not officially affiliated with PAF as a charter association, but has
partnered with PAF to provide CLE seminars and supports the FCP
certification administered by PAF.
The Florida Registered Paralegal Programis not a certifying program, but a voluntary registration program administered by the Florida Bar. For more information about being certified as a paralegal, please read above.
Online FRP Profile - Once your Florida Registered Paralegal application has been approved, you can manage your contact information with the Florida Bar online by logging in to the MEMBER LOG IN on the home page of the Florida Bar website. Click here for instructions on how to OBTAIN A PASSWORD.
Submit CLE hours Online - You are now able to post continuing education credits online for your FRP continued legal education requirement with the Florida Bar. Step by step instructions for how to post NALA-approved Seminars, including CFPA-sponsored seminars are located on our SEMINARSpage at the bottom of the page. After credits have been posted, they can be reviewed by checking your continuing education history.
Renewal - Annual renewal statements will be mailed to your record address around July before the renewal year. Annual renewal information fee is available on the Fla Bar website.