The Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers

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FALDP Certification Information

In 2016 we introduced FALDP Certification for Florida Legal Document Preparers. LDP Certification is available for members in good standing who meet the criteria set forth on this page. Members who complete the FALDP Certification process will be issued their Certification logo upon membership renewal. Membership renewal begins each year on April 1 and extends through July.

Our first certification cycle was free to members in good standing. FALDP Certification costs $125 for the Basic Skills & Knowledge Exam with one Focus Area; and $25 for each additional Focus Area Certification. All certification fees are paid when you renew your membership. 

Steps to FALDP Certification

  1. Join FALDP. 
  2. Complete and pass the Basic Skills & Knowledge Exam and submit the essay. Exam links are located inside the Members Only area.
  3. Complete and pass at least one Focus Area Exam.
  4. Accumulate at least 10 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) between July 1 and the time you renew your membership.
  5. Submit the Application for Certification and pay the required fee.

Basic Knowledge and Skills - Exam is Open

FALDP members who seek certification must demonstrate knowledge of and mastery of basic skills including:

  • Understanding legal terminology;
  • Understanding the rules surrounding the unauthorized practice of law;
  • Understanding business ethics; and customer service;
  • Above average proficiency in written and spoken English.

Members demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of the information and skills by passing a written test; and submitting written essay(s).

Focus Areas - Exams are Open 2/1 through 5/15

In addition to demonstrating mastery of basic knowledge and skills members must also demonstrate knowledge and mastery of at least one Focus Area. At this time we recognize the following six focus areas:

  • Family law document preparation; 
  • Immigration document preparation;
  • Bankruptcy petition preparation. 
  • Probate & Estates - Summary Administration of Estate; Wills; Living Trusts  
  • Business - Corporations and Limited Liability Companies; Landlord/Tenant; Small Claims to Circuit Civil 
  • Criminal - Early Termination of Probation; Expunge & Seal; Restoration of Civil Rights

Members can demonstrate mastery and knowledge of a focus area by passing a written test. We intend to offer additional focus areas in the future and welcome your suggestions.

Continuing Education Units

In addition to completing the requirements for the Basic Skills and Knowledge component; and the Focus Area component; certification requires ten CEUs per year. There are multiple ways to fulfill the CEU requirement:

  • Completing online FALDP courses; [each course is assigned a CEU value of 1-4]
  • Participation in FALDP webinars; [each webinar is valued at 1 CEU]
  • Attendance at the Annual FALDP Conference; [ attendance is valued at 5 CEUs]
  • Submitting essays suitable for FALDP site content or guest blog; [CEU value varies depending on length, suitability, and complexity]
  • FALDP Ambassador activities [CEU value varies]
  • Locating, preparing, providing, and sharing form templates for other FALDP members general use;[CEU value varies]
  • Mentoring other FALDP members [1 CEU per hour]
  • Related outreach and educational participation outside of FALDP [CEU value to be determined on case by case basis]
  • Answering Ask the Members questions [3 accepted answers is valued at 1 CEU]
  • Post informative content or links on FALDP's Facebook page [4 accepted posts is valued at 1 CEU]
  • Related outreach and educational participation within FALDP for the benefit of other members, which could include course creation; translations; and other activities which a member may propose.

Certification Timeline and Details

Certification exams remain open from February 1 through May 15; FALDP members must complete the certification exams by May 15, 2017. The certification process as outlined above includes completion of ten CEUs; a basic skills and knowledge exam; and at least one focus area exam. .Members who do not complete the certification testing by May 15, 2017 will have to wait until 2018 to take the exams. Certification will be awarded upon membership renewal which extends through July 31 each year. Exams must be completed by May 15, but additional time is allotted to complete the Continuing Education Units.. At this time we do not foresee a requirement for re-certification; the only ongoing requirement after the initial certification is the completion of ten CEUs per year. 

PLEASE NOTE: There is a cost to become certified. The cost is $125. to become certified in one Focus Area and an additional $25. for each additional Focus Area. This cost is paid when you renew your membership.

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