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In furtherance of our mission to encourage a high order of ethical and professional attainment, NEFPA, through affiliation with the National Association of Legal Assistants, offers avenues for any paralegal desiring to achieve national certification.


The CLA or CP credential is now widely recognized in the legal industry as being associated with paralegals who are competent and ethical.  Certification is not required; however, simply stated, it is becoming the standard by which all potential paralegal candidates are being evaluated.



To obtain the CLA/CP credential, you must take a certification exam.  To be eligible to take the exam, you must meet NALA's criteria - click here.  The NALA CLA/CP Exam is offered in a “testing window” three times per year in January, May, and September.  Candidates must be tested on general legal concepts, including the American Legal System and Legal Research, as well as specific legal topics as chosen by the candidate.  Historically, the exam was a two-day, sit-down exam; however, in 2010, NALA began testing electronically at designated testing centers.  The benefit of the “testing window” gives the candidate the freedom to choose when he or she desires to be tested.  In other words, instead of cramming all subjects in over the course of two days, the testing can be spread out over four separate weekends, or however the candidate decides based upon his or her preparation.



NEFPA is excited to offer its CLA/CP Exam Review Short Course three times per year to anyone desiring to become certified.  This comprehensive course is offered in conjunction with local educational partners, and is delivered by attorneys, professors and NEFPA paralegals.  The short course is 2.5 days (Thursday afternoon, all day Friday and all day Saturday)

The courses are held in the month preceding the exam month. See the following chart for details:

Exam Month              Review Course
January   December
May   April
 September   August 





For more information regarding the CLA/CP Exam Review Courses, please contact the NEFPA NALA Liaison at


Florida is a state the offers registration for paralegals, and is currently administered through the Florida BarAssociation.  Like Certification, Registration is not required in Florida, but is slowly becoming a standard for employment of paralegals throughout the state. 

In order to apply for Registration, you must meet thefollowing requirements:

(1) Certification, and proof of current employment by a lawyer licensed by the Florida Bar Association; or

(2) Education and experience, as attested to by number of employers necessary to fulfill the experience requirement; and, proof of current employment by a lawyer licensed by the Florida Bar Association. 

Click HERE to download and complete the application.



The Paralegal Association of Florida offers certification in additional to national certification, specific to the State ofFlorida, and is administered through the Paralegal Association of Florida, Inc.  The three-hour exam, administered two times per year through the Certifying Board of PAF, Inc., is limited to Florida law.  Successful completion of the exam authorizes the paralegal to use the “FCP” credential with his or her CP or ACP credential.

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