Becoming Certified

Certification Process


1. Meet Eligibility Criteria

Eligible participants are licensed attorneys who either a) are currently employed as in-house counsel (no minimum experience required), or b) previously have been employed as in-house counsel (for a minimum of one year). Please note that attorneys currently employed at law firms are not eligible to participate in this program.

2. Attend In-Person Training

The certification program features approximately 25 hours of in-person training, held over four days. As the program expands, training will be offered online as well.

Visit our registration page for information on the next certification training program.

3. Complete Final Assessment

Participants will have two hours to complete an assessment at the conclusion of training. Through this assessment, participants will demonstrate their understanding of the program’s core competencies and skills.

4. Receive In-house Counsel Certified (ICC) Designation

After completing the required training and passing the final assessment, successful participants will earn the ICC designation from the ACC Credentialing Institute.

5. Remain in Good Standing

The ICC designation is valid for one year from the month that a participant passes the final assessment of the certification program. After the first year, 14 hours of continuing legal professional development (CLPD) are required annually to maintain the ICC designation.

CLPD requirements will be distributed across the following areas:

  • Stakeholder relationships, two hours
  • Law department management, two hours
  • Legal services, two hours
  • Ethics, two hours
  • Electives in substantive areas of law, six hours

To count towards maintenance of the ICC designation, CLPD hours must be earned through an approved training provider. In addition, there is an annual maintenance fee of $300 for non-members of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). There is no annual maintenance fee for ACC members.

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