Frequently asked questions about the Legal Project Associate (LPA) Certification

We have collected and compiled the most frequently asked questions with respect to the Legal Project Associate (LPA) certification. Should you not find the answer you are looking for, please contact us directly (info@avukatraining.com).

Who is the LPA Certification for? The Legal Project Associate or LPA is a trademark and certification of the International Institute of Legal Project Management. It is designed for people working in legal teams or supporting legal matters.

Is it only for lawyers?
There are many non-lawyer roles in legal teams, therefore the certification is not just for lawyers. Those holding the certification include lawyers, paralegals, law students, legal consultants and practice managers.

Is there a periodic re-certification? 
It is the International Institute of Legal Project Management’s base certification, and once achieved you keep it for life.

Is there any work-based experience required?
There is no work experience prerequisites for this certification, so it helps those not working in the legal profession to at least gain some knowledge and credentials in preparation for working in legal projects.

What are the educational prerequisites?
There are three options (you only need one):
  1. Complete the 2-day, face-to-face "Applied Project Management" training with Avuka Training, an IILPM Accredited Training Provider;
  2. Complete the IILPM online "Applied Legal Project Management" course, also available via Avuka, and get a 80% or greater score in the simple multiple choice assessment (part of the course); or
  3. Apply for Recognised Prior Learning from completing another legal project management course that would be comparable (pending assessment by the IILPM).
Is the online assessment difficult?

No. It is a simple multiple choice questionnaire that you can repeat until you receive 80% or more. It relates directly to the online training content.

How do I achieve the LPA?

Once completing the ‘Applied Project Management’ training you have met the Educational Prerequisites, you simply pay for the accreditation via legalprojectmanagement.africa and complete the LPA Application.

How much does the LPA application cost?
Once meeting the Educational Prerequisites, the cost of gaining the LPA certification is ZAR2,100 (USD147).

Who issues the LPA?
The International Institute of Legal Project Management issues the LPA. Avuka acts as an intermediary to assure the completeness of application and handle the necessary initial steps. LPA graduates receive a folder in the mail with the:

  1. Welcome letter from he IILPM Chairman;
  2. LPA Certification certificate with the gold IILPM seal; and
  3. An instruction on how to use the LPA trademark.

How can I promote myself with the LPA certification?
Certified LPA graduates can use the LPA post-nominal next to their name (on social media, business cards, websites, presentations, reports etc), and refer to themselves as a certified Legal project Associate. Certified LPA graduates may also use the certification logo to identify themselves.

What then?
As a LPA graduate you can join our online resources and continue to get ongoing professional development through articles, podcasts, videos and templates. LPA graduates are already on their way to the Legal Project Practitioner (LPP) certification and can continue the training. There are plans for an upgrade course pathway to complete the ‘Advanced Legal Project Management’ course.


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