Exam FAQ

Who is eligible to take the CCP® exam?
In California, a paralegal is eligible to take the CCP® exam if they are in compliance with Business and Professions Code 6450 et seq.
 
What is the cost of the exam?
For the first 500 applicants the cost is $50.00. Thereafter, the regular fee will be $125.00 for CAPA members and $150.00 for non-members.
 
When and where will the exam be administered?
CAPA will be offering the exam multiple times a year in northern, central, and southern California. Dates and locations will be released in the near future. Please check CAPA’s website.
 
What areas will be tested on the CCP® Exam?
Section 1—Core Paralegal Competencies: Communications, California’s Legal System, Legal Research, and Legal Terminology;
Section 2—Ethics, California Rules of Professional Conduct, Business and Professional Code section 6450, and Judgment and Analytical Skills;
Section 3—Substantive Law: Civil Litigation; Probate & Trusts; Family Law; Corporate Law, Criminal Law, Real Estate Law, and Employment Law.
 
What is the passing score for the exam?
Similar to other certified state examinations, applicants must achieve a cumulative score of 75%.

What types of questions will be asked?
The exam is a paper test and will consist of 250 short and long styled questions in the format of multiple choice and true/false questions.
 
Is there a study guide?
Yes, an electronic study guide is available for purchase ($15.00) on CAPA’s website. (coming soon)
 
What is required to maintain the CCP® credential?
A California Certified Paralegal must obtain a minimum of 30 hours of MCLE credits, including 10 hours of ethics credit, for a combined total of 40 hours, every 5 years. In addition to tracking your MCLE credits, you must submit copies of your Certificates of Attendance to the CCP® Admin Committee before the end of your fifth anniversary year.
 
How much is the fee to renew the CCP® credential?
The fee for renewal will be $50.00 for CAPA members and $75.00 for non-members.
 
Is the CCP® an accredited exam?
CAPA is in the process of obtaining NCCA accreditation. It is currently pending, and we anticipate receiving accreditation in 2019 or early 2020.
 
The California Alliance of Paralegal Association’s voluntary certification program is an opportunity for paralegals to validate their qualifications and offers a credential to paralegals working in California meeting one the following requirements:
1. The applicant has obtained an associate’s degree or its equivalent in paralegal studies from an ABA approved or institutionally accredited educational institution.
2. The applicant has obtained a baccalaureate degree in paralegal studies from an ABA approved or institutionally accredited educational institution.
3. The applicant has received a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited educational institution, has obtained a post baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies from an ABA approved or institutionally accredited educational institution.
4. The applicant has received a baccalaureate degree in any discipline from an accredited educational institution, and has four (4) years of substantive paralegal experience and has completed the required minimum number of MCLE credits pursuant to Business & Professional Code section 6450 prior to submission of the application.
5. The applicant is a PACE Registered Paralegal or CORE Registered Paralegal (through National Federation of Paralegal Associations).
6. The applicant is a Certified Paralegal (CP) (through the National Association of Legal Assistants).
7. The applicant has received a high school diploma or its equivalent, has a minimum of 10 years of substantive paralegal experience, and has completed the required minimum number of MCLE credits pursuant to Business & Professional Code section 6450 prior to submission of the application.


Paralegals that have successfully passed the examination will receive his/her certificate from the Alliance, and at that time can use the “CCP” credential following their name.