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 Training
The certification program features approximately 25 hours of training. The in-person training is held over a four day period. The online program is a combination of self-paced online training modules and live virtual workshops.
3. Complete Final Assessment
Participants will have 90 minutes to complete an assessment at the conclusion of training. Through this multiple choice exam, 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, 10 hours of continuing legal professional development (CLPD) are required annually to maintain the ICC designation. CLPD requirements will be distributed across the following areas:
Required—Minimum of 4 hours CLPD from all or any
one of the following categories:
- Stakeholder relationships
- Law department management
- Legal services
Required—Minimum of two hours Ethics CLPD.
Optional—ICC holder may obtain a maximum of six (6) hours in substantive areas of law towards fulfilling the 10 hours annual requirement (for example, employment law, intellectually property, data privacy, etc.).
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 $95 for members of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). The maintenance fee for non-members of ACC is $385.
The ACC Credentialing Institute reserves the right to modify program content at its discretion.