Using the direction and input from OPA membership and feedback from respected members of the legal community, the OPA Regulation Committee drafted a voluntary certification program, the Oregon Certified Paralegal (OCP), to establish a standard of competency and accountability for paralegals in Oregon. This program is an opportunity for Oregon paralegals to validate their qualifications, offers a credential to Oregon paralegals that meet certain education and experience requirements and brings Oregon inline with other states who have enacted a voluntary certification program, whether through the local paralegal association or the local bar associations.
The membership voted to approve the Bylaw Amendment to include the administration of a voluntary paralegal certification program to the mission of the Association. In coordination with that approved Bylaw Amendment, the membership voted to approve the Resolution approving the creation of the OCP Program at OPA's Annual Business Meeting November 4, 2016 at the KahNeeTa Warm Springs Spa and Resort.
The program became effective on January 1, 2017 and the Regulation Committee is now accepting applications for the OCP credentialing process.
For more information on the program, contact the Regulation Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paralegal regulation programs vary by state. You may find a comprehensive list of regulation programs by state at the following URL: https://www.paralegals.org/files/2019-10-31%20Regulation%20by%20State%20-%20TS.pdf