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Certification:  Eligibility

Click Certification at the top for details on benefits of becoming a certified paralegal

PACE®

The requirements for a paralegal to take the PACE® exam include both work experience and education, as summarized in the following table from NFPA’s website:  

Education, Military Service, CRP credentials

Years of Substantive
Paralegal Experience

CLE

Bachelor Degree in paralegal studies

2 years

None required preceding the application

Bachelor's Degree (any subject) plus paralegal certificate 

2 years

None required preceding the application

Associate's Degree in paralegal studies

6 years

None required preceding the application

Associate's Degree (any subject) 

7 years

None required preceding the application

Associate's Degree (any subject) plus CRP credential plus 2 successful renewals of credentials

Defined by PCCE™

Defined by PCCE™

Military Paralegal Rank of E6 or higher

Defined by rank

12 hours of NFPA®-approved CLE, including 1 CLE hour of ethics

Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony and must not be under suspension, termination, or revocation of a certificate, registration, or license by any entity.

PCCE™

The requirements for a paralegal to take the PCCE™ exam are summarized in the following table from NFPA’s website: 

Education, Military Service, CRP credentials

Years of Substantive Paralegal Experience

CLE

Bachelor Degree in paralegal studies

None required

None required preceding the application

Bachelor's Degree (any subject) plus a paralegal certificate

None required

None required preceding the application

Bachelor's Degree (any subject) - no paralegal certificate

6 months

1 hour of NFPA®-approved ethics CLE, within the year preceding application

Associate's Degree in paralegal studies

None required

None required preceding the application

Associate's Degree (any subject) plus a paralegal certificate

None required

None required preceding the application

Associate's Degree (any subject) - no paralegal certificate

1 year

6 hours of NFPA®-approved CLE, including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within the year preceding the application

Paralegal Certificate

1 year

6 hours of NFPA®-approved CLE, including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within the year preceding the application

Military Paralegal Rate (Job)

Defined by rank

1 CLE hour of ethics, within the year preceding application

NFPA® Assurance of Learning Education Partner Students

N/A

N/A

High School or GED

5 years

12 hours of NFPA®-approved CLE, including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within 2 years preceding the application


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P.O. Box 5755
Burlington, VT  05402-5755

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