The Florida Association of Legal Document Preparers


FALDP Certification

Certification Application Form - Apply for Certification Here

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. 

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

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]
  • 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

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.

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