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What is PCCE?
PARALEGAL CORE COMPETENCY EXAMINATION™ (PCCE), An Entry Level Exam

At the 2009 NFPA® Convention, delegates representing NFPA® member associations from across the United States made history by passing a resolution to develop a basic proficiency exam known as the Paralegal CORE Competency Exam™ (PCCE). The PCC™ Exam tests the knowledge, skills and ability of individuals who are working as paralegals or just entering the profession.

On June 11, 2011, 188 paralegals took the PCC™ Exam pilot test at 12 test sites across the country. Of the paralegals who completed the test, 146 achieved a passing score of 550 or better. Those paralegals are the very first CORE Registered Paralegals™ and have earned the right to use the CRP™ credential.

As of November 14, 2011, the PCC™ Exam is now administered by computer at Prometric Test Centers throughout the United States and Canada.

Eligibility Criteria

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

A bachelor’s degree in any subject, a paralegal certificate, no experience or continuing legal education (CLE);

OR

A bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, no experience or CLE;

OR

A bachelor’s degree in any subject, no paralegal certificate, 6 months of experience and 1 hour of ethics taken in the year preceding the exam application date;

OR

An associate’s degree in paralegal studies, no experience or CLE;

OR

An associate’s degree in any subject, a paralegal certificate, no experience or CLE;

OR

An associate’s degree in any subject, no paralegal certificate, 1 year of experience and 6 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics taken in the year preceding the exam application date;

OR

Active duty, retired or former military personnel qualified in a military operation specialty as a paralegal and 1.0 hour of Ethics CLE within the year preceding the exam application;

OR

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

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 6 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics taken in the year preceding the exam application date; 

OR

A high school diploma or GED, 5 years of experience and 12 hours of CLE, including 1 hour of ethics taken in the 2 years preceding the exam application date.

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