In June of 2011, Ellen Wright, a graduate of the Partially Online Paralegal Studies program through South University Online Programs and Director of Operations-LaGrange Division, RGP Attorney Services, LLC, took the inaugural Paralegal Core Competency Examination as part of a group of 188 nationally. She became the only candidate who took the test from the State of Georgia who passed, and earned the distinction of being able to use the title of Core Registered Paralegal.
Mrs. Wright has been working with RGP Attorney Services since March 2011 and is responsible for services on the south side of Atlanta. She holds permanent appointments in the superior courts in the Coweta Circuit, is a notary public, as well as having a solid background and knowledge of healthcare in addition to her paralegal training.
The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), one of the two nationally recognized groups that paralegals and legal assistants participate in for continuing education and certification as well as other member benefits, has recently inaugurated an examination for the purpose of assuring hiring employers that a basic level of education and skill levels has been reached by the participant. This is intended to roughly approximate 1-2 years of working experience.
The PCCE will be given on a regular basis and some paralegal programs have indicated that they will be using it as a third-party means of verifying that their students have achieved a level of competency readying them for the workplace. Information regarding preparation for the exam, fee, and application can be found at www.paralegals.org.
NFPA is a non-profit professional organization representing more than 10,000 paralegals and is headquartered in Edmonds, WA. NFPA’s core purpose is the advancement of the paralegal profession. NFPA promotes a global presence for the paralegal profession and leadership in the legal community.