Paralegal Credentialing - Overview

Paralegal Certification, Credentialing, Licensing and Having a Paralegal Certificate

This is frequently a source of confusion. In short:

See also the American Bar Association's document on this topic. (PDF)

Paralegal Certification Through NFPA

Each state's regulations are unique and employers' requirements vary widely due to the many kinds of work that paralegals can do.  So how do you make yourself stand out as an exceptional paralegal?

One way is by earning a credential which is widely recognized in the field.  NFPA offers two credentialing exams:

See also this Comparison of National Level Paralegal Certification Exams document. (PDF from April 2014)