Paralegal Education - NFPA Approval for Continuing Legal Education

Please note: It may take up to 60 days for submitted CLE forms to be processed. This supersedes what is printed on some of the forms. Please be sure to submit early enough to allow for turnaround time.

Also, the mailing address for NFPA has changed: 

  • Old: P.O. Box 2016, Edmonds, WA 98020-9516

  • New: 23607 Highway 99, Suite 2-C, Edmonds, WA 98026

Please be sure to mail correspondence to the new address.


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 printed on some of the forms)

Form for Use by Individuals

Form for Use by NFPA Member Associations

Forms for Use by All Other CLE Providers

What is an NFPA APPROVED CLE PROVIDER?

For many years, NFPA has been approving Continuing Legal Education events for paralegal associations and commercial providers. We offer commercial providers the opportunity to become an “Approved Provider” – thus giving assurance to paralegals and other legal professionals that the provider presents quality programs. In order to become an Approved Provider, a vendor must have presented a minimum of two CLE events within the preceding 12 months that were approved by a state bar or other certifying agency that oversees continuing education opportunities. Application is made to NFPA with payment of an annual fee, with supporting documents indicating the programs previously presented and approved, together with proof of the approvals.

Commercial providers may then state on their materials that they are an NFPA Approved CLE Provider. Being an NFPA Approved Provider is beneficial to the vendor because NFPA’s PACE Registered Paralegals and CORE Registered Paralegals seek out quality CLE events to maintain their designation. Many of these certified paralegals will first seek out the Approved Providers, knowing that the vendor meets the NFPA standard.

Although a vendor is an NFPA Approved Provider, their CLE events must still be reviewed and approved for credit by the NFPA CLE Coordinator. Each CLE application is reviewed by a seasoned paralegal, who reviews the program content, speaker qualifications and strength of the program topic. This review process assures paralegals across the country and in all practice areas of a quality program.

NFPA encourages CLE providers to become NFPA Approved Providers and to submit all of their CLE events for approval and assignment of credit hours by NFPA.

NFPA's fees for CLE approval are:

The initial approval and first offering of a seminar is $80; each additional offering will be $45. Approval of self-study CLE is an additional $20.

modified 8/11/2014

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