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PCCE Generally

Q. How much does the test cost?

A. The Exam Fee is $215.00

Q. What credential can I use after I take PCCE?

A. CORE Registered Paralegal™ or CRP™

Q. What are the exam specifications?

A. The exam has two major domains: 52% of the questions focus on Paralegal Practice and 48% of the questions focus on Substantive Areas of Law. See Appendix A of the PCCE Candidate Handbook for a complete breakdown of testable areas Domain 1 includes: Paralegal Profession, Ethics and Professional Practice, US Legal System, Legal Research, Legal Writing/Critical Analysis, Communication, Law Office Management/Legal Technology, and Civil Litigation; while Domain 2 includes: Business Organizations, Contracts, Criminal, Estates/Wills/Trusts, Family, Real Estate and Torts.

Q. What do I need in order to prepare for the exam?

A. The PCCE Study Guide is $75 (plus shipping and handling) and the 8-week Online Review Course is $395. Both are available through the NFPA website. There is also a list of additional resources under the Certification Tab above. You can also sign up on the NFPA list serv or get involved with a study group.

Q. Where is the testing facility and when would I test?

A. The test is administered at Prometric Testing Centers and takes 2.5 hours to complete. The computer based exam is provided at Prometric Testing across the country. The exam is available Monday-Friday and in some locations, on Saturday. Once approved to sit for the test, candidates will schedule their preferred exam date, time and location.

Q. What is the test format? Are there any essay questions?

A. The test contains 125 multiple choice questions and no essay questions.

Q. How do I determine if I am eligible?

A. To be eligible to sit for PCCE, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject, plus a paralegal certificate, no experience or continuing legal education (CLE); or
  • Bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, no experience or CLE; or
  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject, no paralegal certificate, 6 months of experience and 1 hour of ethics taken in the year preceding the examination application date; or
  • Associate’s degree in paralegal studies, no experience or CLE; or
  • Associate’s degree in any subject, a paralegal certificate, no experience or CLE; or
  • 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 examination application date; or
  • 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 examination application date; or
  • Active duty, retired or former military personnel qualified in a military operation specialty as a paralegal and 1 hour of CLE ethics taken in the year preceding the examination 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
  • 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 examination application date.

Q. How will I find out if I passed?

A. Candidates will receive unofficial instant results upon completion of the exam. Official scoring runs are completed on a quarterly basis in accordance with the following schedule:

Exam Scoring Run Dates


Date Candidate Tested                                       Scores Mailed from PES
January 1 – March 31                                       April 11
April 1 – June 30                                               July 11
July 1 – September 30                                      October 11
October 1 – December 31                                January 11

Q. Who do I contact if I don’t see my question answered above?

A. Contact the OPA PCCE Ambassador Mary VanKleeck, CRP at maryvankleeck@yahoo.com.

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