Paralegal Education - NFPA Approval for Continuing Legal Education


The NFPA office will be closed Dec. 23 – Jan. 5. Submission review will continue when normal office hours resume on Jan. 6. Expect review delays up to 15 days past typical review estimates. Thank you for your patience!


Please note: It may take up to 60 days for submitted CLE forms to be processed. Please be sure to submit early enough to allow for turnaround time.

View complete NFPA CLE Guidelines here.

NFPA Approved Continuing Legal Education (CLE)

In order for a CLE provider to advertise that their seminar or webinar is "NFPA Approved", and thus is pre-approved for CLE credit towards PACE or PCCE credentialing, the CLE application must be submitted and receive approval by NFPA.

Approval packets are received by NFPA headquarters, the fee is processed and the packet materials are then forwarded on to the CLE Coordinator.  Following their review, headquarters notifies the applicant of the decision.  This process can take up to 60 days when submission traffic is heaviest so please send in application packets well ahead of time!  (this supersedes the timeframe on some printed forms)

Courses submitted for NFPA approval require the following documentation. Ensure you have the following before submitting for review:

  1. Signed certificate of attendance (if provided)
  2. Course/Seminar Brochure
  3. Bio of speaker(s) if not included in #2

Form for Use by Individuals

  • Application for CLE Credit by attendee for an event not pre-approved (online form requires a separate login)
  • For NFPA credential renewal (RP® or CRP™) You do not need to apply for approval by NFPA if your certificate bears approval from any of the following organizations. NFPA automatically accepts CLE hours awarded by:
    • NFPA member associations
    • all bar associations
    • courts of all jurisdictions within the United States
    • inns of court
    • National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc. (NALA) or American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. (AAPI) - either sponsored by them or bearing their accreditation on the certificate of attendance
    • JAG Legal Center & School CLE
  • To submit Pro Bono hours with your CLE application, complete the Pro Bono Affidavit prior to starting your CLE application.
  • Unsure if your CLE needs approval or if you have the proper documentation to apply for approval? Review the Individual CLE Approval Checklist before you get started!

Form for Use by NFPA Member Associations

  • NFPA automatically accepts CLE credit issued by its member associations as part of the renewal for PACE Registered Paralegals and CORE Registered Paralegals. If the association wishes to market their CLE as "NFPA Approved" they need to submit it for our approval because our trademarked name is involved.  Regardless of whether the association seeks approval or not, they are welcome to add all their events to NFPA's events calendar! (Event calendar submissions are moderated and will not appear immediately.)
  • Application for CLE Approval
  • If you would like to add an event to the event calendar click here. (CLE events submitted for NFPA Approval will appear within 10 days once CLE credit is granted)

Forms for Use by All Other CLE Providers

  • Having NFPA pre-approve your CLE gives PACE Registered Paralegals and CORE Registered Paralegals the assurance that the offering is qualified for use in their credential renewals.  Some third-party credentialing organizations also recognize NFPA Approval of CLE for their qualification and/or renewal processes; inquire with them for details.
  • Application for Continuing Legal Education Credits - all other CLE providers 
  • If you would like to add an event to the event calendar click here. (CLE events submitted for NFPA Approval will appear within 10 days once CLE credit is granted)
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