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Study Manual

The PACE Study Manual provides an overview of the five domains covered on the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam. The 6th Edition is available directly from the publisher, Omnipress, and can be ordered from the NFPA website. The 6th edition, like the 5th, includes mini-chapters on bankruptcy, corporate law, intellectual property, family law, and other areas tested in the current exam. NFPA has also updated the existing chapters, and completely re-written the Intellectual Property chapter. A corrected Table of Contents for the 5th Edition of the PACE Study Manual is available by clicking here. If you have an older edition, be assured that it will assist you in preparing for the exam. As always, candidates are encouraged to consult other source materials as well as the Study Manual while preparing for the exam, regardless of which edition of the Studay Manual is used.

Cost: $75.00 plus shipping and handling.

API and PEG PACE Review Courses

The Advanced Paralegal Institute ("API," a/k/a American Institute for Paralegal Studies - "AIPS") and the Paralegal Education Group (PEG) each offer NFPA-approved online review courses for the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE).

The API course runs for seven weeks, and includes a brief pre-course orientation to familiarize students with the software used by API. API courses are taught by paralegal instructors through computer-mediated distance learning. Students may communicate with instructors or classmates around the clock from their home or office computer. A mock PACE exam will be administered at the conclusion of the course. Additional informaton and the registration form can be found on NFPA’s website. For more information, click here.

API Review Course: $395

The PEG course runs for eight weeks, and includes unlimited access to all course materials, which consist of video lectures, content outlines, virtual classroom sessions, and hundreds of practice exam questions with interactive feedback and assessment. Students in this course will also have around the clock access to the PEG paralegal faculty for additional support, questions, and individualized consultations. Additional information and the registration form can be found on NFPA's website.

PEG Review Course: $189

Completion of either course does not guarantee passage of PACE or eligibility. The courses' textbook is the PACE Study Manual. Please allow time for purchase and delivery of the Study Manual before beginning the Review Course.

The 2017 on-line review course dates are:

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Additional API courses may be added if sufficient interest is expressed.

Online Practice Exam

This one-time online practice exam, available through NFPA, contains 100 sample questions. The program will advise you of your total score. This great study aid will help you assess your overall knowledge of the material covered on the exam. NFPA does not, however, guarantee that if you pass this practice exam that you will pass PACE.

Cost: $50 (Do not access this exam if you are taking the on-line PACE Review Course.)

For more information about paralegal credentialing, click here.


Testing Logistics

The PACE Application and Test Procedures are located on theNFPA® website. The application fee for both NFPA members and non-NFPA members is $25. For this fee, you will receive the Candidates Handbook which includes an application, information on the exam content, sample exam questions, and logistical information on taking the exam. The NFPA members’ examination fee is $225, and for non-NFPA members, the fee is $250.

Once the application has been approved, the exam must be taken within ninety (90) days. PACE is a four-hour, computer-generated test offered at more than 200 Sylvan Technology Centers a/k/aPrometric throughout the country. Each approved applicant can schedule the date and time to take the test at his or her convenience on any day except Sundays and holidays.

The Vermont Prometric Test Center is located at 600 Blair Park Road, Suite 326, in Williston, Vermont, (802) 872-0251; Site Code: 5209.

Upon completion of the exam, applicants receive their preliminary results instantly. PACE Certificates are sent to all passing applicants after scoring runs are obtained from PES.


PACE Credentialing

Candidates who successfully pass PACE and maintain the continuing education requirements may use the designation “PACE Registered Paralegal®” or “RP®.” In order to maintain the RP credential, twelve (12) hours of continuing legal or specialty education is required every two years. This must include at least one (1) hour in legal ethics.

Registered Paralegals should review the NFPA website for more information on credentialing and CLE requirements.

To help Registered Paralegals remember which month their renewal application is actually due, here is a chart you can use:

Anniversary Month Month Renewal is Due

January ..................................... November
February ................................... December
March ........................................ January
April .......................................... February
May .......................................... March
June ......................................... April
July .......................................... May
August ..................................... June
September .............................. July
October ................................... August
November ............................... September
December ............................... October

If you have CLE that requires approval by the NFPA CLE Coordinator, that approval request must be submitted to NFPA before the month your RP credential renewal is due. Do not submit CLE approval requests along with your RP credential renewal.


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