REGISTERING FOR A CFPA SEMINAR IS A 2-STEP PROCESS:
1.Complete the Registration form below
2. Pay for your seminar one of 3 ways
A. Pay by credit card online* B. Pay through the mail with a check or money order** Payment must be received by CFPA to ensure your registration in the seminar.
Please note: The online registration form will not generate a receipt! Your registration should be acknowledged via Email within 3 business days. If you do not get a confirmation Email, please contact the CLE Chair.It is the responsibility of the registrant to ensure that payment AND registration is received by CFPA. Failure to confirm registration and payment with CFPA may result in delay or denial of your registration in the event of limited seating seminars and may void refund eligibility.
Before you continue to Step 2 of your Seminar Registration -- processing your payment -- you should be aware that CFPA has partnered with Pay Pal, a third party service provider, to provide you with convenient online payment services via cred card, debit card or electronic check. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE TO YOU, YOU MUST PAY A NONREFUNDABLE CONVENIENCE FEE, WHICH PAY PAL CODES AS A SHIPPLING/HANDLING FEE, IN ADDITION TO THE AMOUNT OWED TO CFPA FOR YOUR RENEWAL. This is NOT a surcharge, but an additional fee charged only to make payment online possible for you.
*By continuing the seminar registration process online and submitting your payment request through PayPal, you agree to the terms outlined above and agree to pay the non-refundable convenience/handling fee charged by CFPA for this service.
TO AVOID THIS FEE, you may pay for your CLE seminar by check or money order through the mail. Please do not send cash through the mail. Mail check or money order along with your completed registration form to: CFPA, Inc. Attn: CLE SEMINARS P.O. Box 1107 Orlando, FL 32802 **A completed registration form MUST accompany your check/money order to ensure registration.
***If you wish to pay cash, please provide a completed registration form along wth your cash paymentby hand delivery to the Treasurer only at least 2 business days prior to the seminar date. No cash payments at the door will be accepted.
If a seminar for which you have registered has been cancelled by CFPA for any reason, you may request a refund at any time up to one week after the date the seminar was to take place.
If you are unable to attend a seminar for which you have registered, you must submit a refund request along with your receipt of payment & registration to the CLE Chair at least 2 business days prior to the seminar. Processing refund may take 7-10 business days.No refunds for seminars will be given if receipt of payment and registration are not confirmed.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A GUEST SPEAKER?? HAVE A SUGGESTION FOR A SEMINAR TOPIC??? Please send comments and suggestions for location, topic, speaker or questions and concerns to CLECHAIR.
Maintaining Continuing Legal Education hours is YOUR responsibility!
Most seminars offered by CFPA have been pre-approved by NALA for a set number of Continued Legal Education hours. Because our seminars receive NALA approval for CLE hours, they are also suitable for submission to the Florida Bar for CLE hours required by Rule 20. At this time, the Florida Bar has not indicated an intent to present or create continued legal education programs for paralegals. As such, CFPA stands ready to meet the continued legal education requirements for Florida Registered Paralegals. All NALA-approved seminars are accepted by the Florida Bar for paralegal continued education requirements.
NALA CLE Requirements:
Once a paralegal obtains CLA or CP certification, he/she is required to submit evidence of completion of fifty (50) hours of Continuing Legal Education every five (5) years, which must include five (5) hours on the subject of legal ethics, to maintain valid certification. A completed Recertification Audit Verification plus a fee of $100 will also be required at the time of recertification. Notice of one (1) year probation will be sent to the last known address of all Paralegals failing to submit evidence of completion of the fifty (50) hours of CLE within the five (5) year period. If the Certified Paralegal fails to complete the above recertification requirements in this time certification will be revoked, with notice to the legal assistant. This requirement applies to Advanced Certified Paralegals (ACPs) as well.
Certificates of Attendance are offered at the end of all NALA-approved seminars. If you do not automatically receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each seminar, ask the CFPA representative for one. It is strongly recommended that you keep the original Certificate of Attendance for your records.
Submit a copy to NALA. You may scan & Email your Certificate of Attendance to NALA or submit it by fax or mail. NALA will not return your Certificate of Attendance to you, but does maintain a record of how many hours each CLA/CP has submitted.
The Florida Registered Paralegal also has a Continued Legal Education requirement. Pursuant to Subchapter 20-6 Continuing Education RULE 20-6.1 GENERALLY: In order to maintain the status of Florida Registered Paralegal, a Florida Registered Paralegal must complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education every 3 years, 5 hours of which shall be in legal ethics or professionalism. Courses approved for credit by The Florida Bar, the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA), or the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) will be deemed acceptable for purposes of this rule. Failure to meet the Continued Education requirement will result in the termination of your Florida Registered Paralegal status. Your 3-year reporting cycle begins on your registration date, which is on your certificate. Courses taken prior to your registration date cannot be used toward the continued education requirement.
It is your responsibility to keep track of your continued education hours!
You are now able to post continuing education credits online! You can go to www.floridabar.org/frp for instructions on how to post your credits or CLICK HEREfor step by step instructions. After your credits have been posted, you can review your continuing education history.
You may submit the same hours to NALA and the Florida Bar to meet the continued education requirements of both organizations.