Apply for your CRP ™ or RP ® Credentials

Apply for your CRP ™ or RP ® Credentials

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICATIONS

  • Completed and Executed Application, which includes applicant’s agreement to each of the following:
  • $250 Application Fee or $150 Reapplication Fee (if reapplying within two years from original application date) *Note: no additional documentation is required with a re-application.
  • Letter from Attorney/Employer verifying Substantive Paralegal Experience – Substantive paralegal experience is defined below. Sample letter template can be found here
  • Copy of Education Transcripts (Please see FAQs regarding foreign degrees).
  • Copy of DD214 or equivalent (if eligibility relies on military service)
  • Paralegal Certificate (from an ABA-approved paralegal or LLLT program or AAfPE member program. See below for certificate programs accepted).
  • Copy of CRP Renewal Certificates for 2 renewal cycles (if eligibility relies on CRP Renewals)
  • Sufficient CLE Certificates meeting NFPA guidelines to satisfy the eligibility pathway requirement (see CLE page for CLE guidelines).

NO REFUNDS will be provided on any application or fee except in the case of an error on the part of NFPA in accounting or administrative processing.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS ACCEPTED

  • ABA-approved paralegal or LLLT programs
  • AAfPE-member paralegal programs

SUBSTANTIVE PARALEGAL EXPERIENCE
“Minimum work experience” is defined as full-time employment performing the duties of a paralegal at least 80% of the time. Part-time employment is calculated on a pro-rata basis. 
“Substantive Paralegal Experience” is defined as the performance of substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. The paralegal may be contracted with or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental agency, or other entity, or may be authorized by administrative, statutory, or court authority to perform this work.

Substantive paralegal work experience must be verified by each employer (or previous employers, if necessary) by letter from the employer/attorney. Each employer must verify the applicant’s substantive paralegal experience (as defined above) and the time during which the work was performed. The “Substantive Paralegal Employment Verification Letters” must be on the employer’s letterhead and specify dates, capacity of employment, and confirm the substantive paralegal experience with a statement from the employer that: verifies the work would have otherwise been performed by an attorney; the paralegal performed the substantive work at least 80% of the time, whether the paralegal was full time or part-time; the average number of hours worked per week and the time period of the employment. The Employment Verification Letters must match the employment history listed on the application and equate to the total experience required for the applicant’s selected eligibility pathway.

FastTrack PACE® Synthesized Pathways

Click here for the PACE® Exam Application.
Click here to purchase the PACE Study Manual

Education, Military Service,
CRP credentials
Years of Substantive
Paralegal Experience
CLE
Bachelor Degree
or higher
2 years 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE,
within 2 years preceding application[1]
Associate Degree 6 years 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE,
within 2 years preceding application
Paralegal Certificate[2] 8 years 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE,
within 2 years preceding application
Military Paralegal Rank
of E6 or higher[3]
Defined by rank 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE,
within 2 years preceding application
CRP credentials renewed for at least 2 cycles Defined by PCCE 12 hours of NFPA-approved CLES,
including 1 CLE hour of ethics,
within 2 years preceding the Application
High School or GED 10 years 12 hours of NFPA-approved CLES,
including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application

 

FastTrack PCCE® Synthesized Pathways

Click here for the PCCE® Exam Application.
Click here to purchase the PCCE Study Manual

Education, Military Service, CRP credentials Years of Substantive Paralegal Experience CLE
Bachelor Degree
or higher
6 months 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE, within 2 years preceding application
Associate Degree 1 year 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE, within 2 years preceding application
Paralegal Certificate[4] 1 years 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE, within 2 years preceding application
Military Paralegal
Rate (Job)[5]
Defined by rank 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE, within 2 years preceding application
NFPA Assurance of Learning Education Partner Students[6] N/A N/A
High School or GED 5 years 12 hours of NFPA-approved CLES, including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application

 

Audit of Application Submission
Eligibility Applications will be approved, if all documentation and fees have been submitted. The applications are subject to a random audit to verify the submission documentation and information provided. Staff will assign 5% of the applications to a Reviewer to confirm the application and documentation meets NFPA guidelines. The Reviewer will review the documents and information submitted, verifying the information and documentation meet NFPA guidelines. If the application and supporting documents do not meet NFPA guidelines, the applicant will be given thirty days to cure the deficiency or the application will be denied and the eligibility to sit for the exam revoked. No extensions will be granted to cure any deficiencies identified on a completed application.

Exam Retakes
If you do not pass the PCCE/PACE exam and it has been 30 days since your last attempt, you can apply for an exam retake request here
Please note this is not the application itself, but it confirms you are eligible to retest. Upon approval, you will receive instructions on how to submit properly.

You’ve Passed! Now what?
If you have passed the PCCE, please read more here.
If you have passed the PACE, please read more here.

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