The PACE Application (PDF) and Candidate Handbook (PDF) are now available as free downloads. (as of 11/7/2012) Beginning March 1, 2013, all submitted PACE Applications must enclose payment for the $75 ($25 for NFPA members) Application Fee. This may be combined with the $250 ($225 for NFPA members) Examination Fee in a single check.
Note the PDFs linked here have not yet been updated to reflect the change and that all correspondence should now go to our street address, not the old P.O. Box. The correct address for NFPA is:
23607 Highway 99, Suite 2-C
Edmonds, WA 98026
Once the filled-in application and supporting documentation have been received by NFPA headquarters, the payment is processed and the bundle is forwarded to PES. After reviewing it and making arrangements with Prometric, a candidate eligibility statement is sent to the candidate informing them that they may schedule their appointment with a testing center near them. This series of events generally takes 20 to 30 days.
Sylvan Technology Centers/Prometric testing site locator (in Step 1 choose "National Federation of Paralegal Association" from the drop-down list)
Once the eligibility statement is sent, the candidate has 90 days to take the exam. Upon completion, the preliminary score will be shown immediately. It is important to note that, preliminary results notwithstanding, the RP designation is not awarded until the results of the entire scoring run have been reviewed.
NFPA receives the scoring runs twice a year (February and August) and, pursuant to the procedures established by the PACE Standards Committee, audits 7% of the exam applications prior to mailing the RP® certificates and credential maintenance instructions to the new Registered Paralegals. This stage of the process may take up to a month. NFPA maintains a list of active Registered Paralegals on the website.
If a candidate does not pass PACE, there is a six (6) month waiting period, from the date PACE is taken, before the paralegal becomes eligible to re-take PACE. Candidates must submit a completed application and $225 NFPA member fee (or $250 Non-member fee) to re-take PACE. PES will maintain support documentation for a period of two years.