One of two certification tests that evaluate a paralegal's skill, knowledge, and competency is the CORE Competency Exam for Paralegals. The Paralegal CORE Proficiency ExamTM (PCCETM) was developed to evaluate the competency of paralegals early in their careers, while the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam® (PACE®) was developed to evaluate a paralegal's comprehensive knowledge of paralegal practice. A paralegal's résumé can benefit from PCCE certification, making them more valuable to future employers.
For paralegals who are just beginning out in their careers, there is an exam called the PCCE. Unlike the PACE, which assesses a paralegal's knowledge of basic paralegal procedures, the PCCE is a more sophisticated exam designed to demonstrate the proficiency of paralegals who are currently working as paralegals, even if they are just starting. Successful exam takers obtain the title of CORE Registered ParalegalTM and the letters CRP after their names. The PCCE is a computer-based exam that may be taken at one of numerous Prometric Test Centers across the country.