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NACC Certification - Applicant Resources
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Welcome to the Applicant Resources page. Here, you’ll find useful information and tools to help you navigate the process of applying as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. Please continue reading for information on certification standards, certification forms, and the certification exam. You’ll also find an area at the bottom of the page where you can submit attachments to your application.

Certification Standards

In order to qualify as a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, applicants must meet a number of prerequisites. If you’re an applicant in the state of Arizona or California, you will be need to fulfill some additional requirements. For a full list of requirements in your state, please click the appropriate link below:

Exam Details

Once your completed application has been approved by the NACC and all fees have been paid, you will need to pass the NACC Certification Exam. Our exam details page provides specific information about the exam, as well as a practice exam and other useful resources to help you prepare for the exam.

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Certification Forms

As part of the application process, the NACC asks you to provide both your public and private Disciplinary History. You are also required to document your Educational Experience. Please use the following forms to help collect this information.


Disciplinary History

Download and complete this template letter to request your public and private disciplinary history, along with evidence of good standing, from your state bar association’s governing body. Please note that some states will require you to fill out their own request form and/or pay an associated fee.

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Educational Experience (MCLE)

Please use our CLE History Form to document your Educational Experience. Most states require 36 hours of relevant education during the preceding three years. California requires 45 hours of relevant education, while Arizona requires 36 hours of legal education and nine hours of ethics education.

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Application Attachments

Our application process includes the submission of a writing sample that’s been drafted within the last three years, as well as the submission of a resume/CV and any other proof of substantial involvement. You can also apply for a Substantial Involvement Waiver by submitting a detailed summary of your work as a judge, supervisor, policy advocate, etc.


To submit any of these documents through our website, simply enter your first and last name below, then select and upload your relevant documents by clicking the appropriate button below.


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