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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Paralegals are not required to be licensed or certified, however, many become certified to be a more competitive job applicant or to advance their career. The NFPA offers two credentialing exams. The Paralegal CORE Competency Exam (PCCE) is targeted toward early-career and entry-level paralegals and allows use of the designation, CRP, after one's name. Those further along in their careers may sit for the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE), which results in the RP designation. To learn more, visit Additionally, NALA offers the CP Certified Paralegal program and the Advanced Paralegal Certification program. More information is available at

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