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Maintain Your Certification Through Recertification

How do I maintain my certification after I pass the exam?

You maintain your national certification through a process known as recertification. Recertification is the act of having one’s certification renewed after the original award date. NALS considers recertification to be continuing one’s education in the legal field by obtaining continuing legal education credit hours. Recertification is required because of the ever-changing profession to which we belong. Laws, rules, and regulations are continuously changing, and by requiring recertification, NALS ensures that certified professionals remain up to date with current legal practices. Recertification is required every five years.


The validity period for certification is indicated on the certificate issued when the examinee passes an exam or on the most recent recertification certificate. The recertification renewal date may also be found in the Professional Development section of your online member profile. If a Certified ALP, PLS/CLP, or PP comes to the realization that they did not recertify within their five-year recertification period and desires to maintain their certification, the Certified ALP, PLS/CLP, or PP must immediately contact the NALS Certification and Education Manager and provide a written account of why the certification was not renewed. Otherwise, the individual is to remove the certification designation and is requested to no longer use the designation Certified ALP, PLS/CLP, or PP.


There are three categories of recertification. The first category, mandatory recertification, applies to all ALPs, PLSs/CLPs, and PPs who are currently employed or seeking employment.The second category, voluntary recertification, is recommended and encouraged for those achieving PLS certification prior to March 1994. PLSs who voluntarily recertify must meet the same requirements and established criteria as for mandatory recertification. The third category is Emeritus. Emeritus status is available to the following:


(1) certified PLSs/CLPs or PPs who are 55 years of age or older who are retired from employment in the legal services field; and


(2) certified PLSs/CLPs or PPs who are permanently disabled. A letter requesting Certified PLS/CLP or PP Emeritus status may be submitted to NALS.


If Emeritus status is being requested because of a permanent disability, proof of disability should also be submitted. Upon notification of approval of Emeritus status, the Certified PLS/CLP or PP will not be required to accumulate points to recertify. The Emeritus status application fee is a flat rate of $75.00 per candidate. 



 Certification   CLE Credit(s) Required  Recertification Cycle  Cost Associated
 ALP 50  5 years  $50.00 
 PLS/CLP 75*  5 years  $75.00 
 PP 75* 5 years $75.00 
 Emeritus Not Applicable

Upon return to legal field or lift of disability status**



 * Please note five (5) CLE credit hours must be dedicated to ethics. ** If a Certified PLS/CLP or PP returns to work in the legal field, the Emeritus status is invalidated. PLSs/CLPs or PPs who previously fell under mandatory recertification will have five years within which to recertify from the date of reemployment.


 Recertification is a quick and easy process! 

  1. Earn Recertification Points: You can participate in educational activities to earn points toward recertification. Please Review our Recertification Guide for details about which educational activities earn points.
  2. Get Organized: Maintain a file with all of your CLE certificates and other documentation OR track your CLE credit hours online through NALS' New Certification Journal Tool.
  3. Documentation to Send to NALS: At any time prior to the expiration of your current validity period, submit the following online:
  1. Online Recertification Application 
  2. Copy of your Certification Journal Transcript OR original certificates/documentation pertaining to education credits
  3. Payment ($75 for PLS/CLP/PP, $50 for ALP)

Access the online applications by clicking on the buttons below! 











Recertification: LEARN MORE

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
Recertification: The Details Link  more ] Administration 4/24/2018
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Amylyn Riedling PP PLS-SC2019 NALS Board of Directors
Nakia A. Bradley-Lawson2019 NALS Board of Directors

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