PACE and PCCE Information

PACE and PCCE Information


PACE Eligibility

PACE Fees

PACE Links

PCCE Eligibility

PCCE Fees

PCCE Links

Exam Process

Prometric Testing Info

Exam Retakes

Are you Eligible to take the PACE exam?

Requirements for a paralegal to take PACE include work experience and education. The paralegal cannot have been convicted of a felony nor be under suspension, termination, or revocation of a certificate, registration, or license by any entity. Additionally, the candidate's experience must meet one of the following options:

1. A bachelor’s degree from an institutionally accredited or ABA-approved school and at least 2 years of substantive paralegal experience and 1 CLE hour of NFPA-approved ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application OR

2. An associate’s degree in any course of study obtained from an institutionally accredited school or ABA-approved program and at least 6 years of substantive paralegal experience and 1 CLE hour of NFPA-approved ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application; OR

3. A paralegal certificate obtained from an institutionally accredited school or ABA-approved program and at least 8 years of substantive paralegal experience and 1 CLE hour of NFPA-approved ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application; OR

4. A member of the active duty, retired, former military, or the reserve component of any branch of the US Armed Forces, qualified in a military operation specialty with the rank of at least an E6 in a paralegal rate as a Staff Sergeant (Army and Marines), Petty Officer First Class (Navy), Technical Sergeant (Air Force), or higher as a supervisory paralegal within that branch of service and 1 CLE hour of NFPA-approved ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application; OR

5. An associate’s degree in any course of study obtained from an institutionally accredited school or ABA-approved program, successful completion of the PCCE, and 2 consecutive renewals of the CRP credential and 12 hours of continuing legal education (“CLE”), including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application; OR

6. A High School diploma or GED and at least 10 years of substantive paralegal experience, and 12 hours of continuing legal education (“CLE”), including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application.

PACE Fees

Members $250

Non-members $250

NFPA Exam Fees are non-refundable. Before applying, applicants should confirm their ability to document their eligibility per the above list and the required documentation outlined here and be prepared to take the exam within 90 days from approval. NFPA is unable to comment on individual eligibility without a submitted application.

PACE Links

Apply for the PACE!

Sign up for the PACE Review Course!

Purchase the PACE Study Manual!

Are you Eligible to take the PCCE exam?

The Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE®) was developed to assess the knowledge, skills and ability of early-career and entry-level paralegals. It became available in November of 2011. The exam is administered by computer at Prometric Test Centers throughout the United States and Canada, or remotely via ProProctor.

To sit for the PCCE, you must meet one of the options below:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in any subject from an institutionally accredited or ABA-approved school, 6 months of experience and 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE taken in the two years preceding the exam application date; OR
  2. An associate’s degree in any subject from an institutionally accredited or ABA-approved school, 1 year of experience and 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE taken in the two years preceding the exam application date; OR
  3. A paralegal certificate from a program that meets or exceeds the requirements set forth in NFPA’s Short Term Paralegal Program Position Statement, 1 year of experience and 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE taken in the two years preceding the exam application date; OR
  4. Active duty, retired or former military personnel qualified in a military operation specialty as a paralegal and 1 hour of NFPA-approved ethics CLE taken in the two years preceding the exam application date; OR
  5. Candidates who are within two months of graduating and registered for the PCC Exam by a Director of a paralegal studies program participating in the PCCE Assurance of Learning (AoL) Program at the Partner level;  OR
  6. A High School diploma or GED and at least 5 years of substantive paralegal experience, and 12 hours of continuing legal education (“CLE”), including 1 CLE hour of ethics, within 2 years preceding the Application.


PCCE Fees

Members $300

Non-members $325

NFPA Exam Fees are non-refundable. Before applying, applicants should confirm their ability to document their eligibility per the above list and the required documentation outlined here and be prepared to take the exam within 90 days from approval. NFPA is unable to comment on individual eligibility without a submitted application.

PCCE Links

Apply for the PCCE!

Sign up for the PCCE Review Course!

Purchase the PCCE Study Manual!

Exam Process

The online application process has two steps:

1. Payment of application & exam fee (through this site)

2. Submission of supporting documentation (through an external site, Submittable). Your payment confirmation email will contain this Submittable link. Your application is not considered submitted until you finish in the Submittable platform.

Download the Work Affidavit - you'll need to submit this completed form with your application so please have it signed before you submit.

Before completing the Affidavit of Work Experience, the applicant should confirm their work experience meets the criteria listed below:

  • Minimum work experience is defined as full-time employment performing the duties of a paralegal at least 80% of the time. “Duties of a paralegal” 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. Each employer must verify the applicant’s substantive paralegal experience (as defined above) and the time during which the work was performed. The “experience confirmation letters” must be on the employer’s letterhead and specify dates, capacity of employment, and confirm the substantive paralegal experience. The individual or combined experience confirmation letters must equal the total experience required for the applicant’s selected eligibility pathway.

Please ensure you have all required documents ahead of beginning your application. The list of required documentation can be found on the application page here.

Applicants may save their work as a draft while gathering materials. Submitted applications will be processed AS IS and those found to have incomplete or unacceptable documentation will be subject to delays and/or additional fees.

To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, special testing accommodations will be considered for individuals with disabilities recognized by the ADA. Submit a completed ADA Test Accommodation Request Form with your exam application.

Scoring runs for the exam are processed the last Thursday of each month for exams taken since the past scoring run, with individuals generally receiving their certificates and score reports around the 1st of each following month.

Prometric Testing Info

Our testing Vendor is Prometric; candidates may sit for the exam at over 200 Prometric testing sites across the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, or test remotely via ProProctor.

  • Interested in testing from home? View this demo to learn more: Demo of the ProProctor® experience
  • Click here to check if your computer meets the requirements to use ProProctor® before scheduling
  • No additional fees required to choose the remote proctoring option
  • As always, your Authorization to Test email upon application approval will contain details regarding both testing options. You are unable to obtain testing date options or information until you have received your approved application and ATT email

For the PACE exam, you will have 4 hours to complete 200 multiple choice questions.

For the PCCE exam, you will have 2.5 hours to complete 125 multiple choice questions; 15 of those questions do not count towards your score.

Exam Retakes

Scoring runs for the exam are processed the last Thursday of each month for exams taken since the past scoring run, with individuals generally receiving their certificates and score reports around the 1st of each following month. If a candidate does not pass their exam, there is a thirty (30) day waiting period, from the date the exam was taken, before the paralegal becomes eligible to re-take the exam.

To submit your exam retake request form after the thirty (30) day waiting period, click here.

Applicants reapplying within two years of their original exam date do not need to include supporting documentation in Submittable. Upon approval of the above retake request form, they only need to repay the exam fee and indicate "Yes" to retaking the exam; then in Submittable simply fill out the form with blank PDFs and submit. Retake instructions are provided upon approval of the retake request form.

Exam candidates are limited to three (3) exam attempts in two years - one original attempt and two retakes. NFPA Exam Fees are non-refundable

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