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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.
FALDP members who seek certification must demonstrate knowledge of and mastery of basic skills including:
Members demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of the information and skills by passing a written test; and submitting written essay(s).
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:
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.
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:
The certification process as outlined above includes completion of ten CEUs; a basic skills and knowledge exam; and at least one focus area exam. .Once you have completed the exams and CEUs please submit the Certification Form.
Certification will be awarded upon completion of the FALDP Certification process. 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.
Members have requested an FALDP Certification for some time. By offering certification we intend to provide consumers with another way to determine whether a document preparer can successfully assist them.