The ProExam Fund

The ProExam Fund (originally the PES Fund) is an outgrowth of Professional Examination Service’s not-for-profit heritage and belief that credentialing helps both professions and the aspirations and skills of those who practice them.

Established in 2010, the ProExam Fund identifies, and then supports through expertise and services, gaps where both the public and professional good could be served through a voluntary certification program – even if a not-for-profit association sponsor doesn’t have the resources to do so itself.

The ProExam Fund offers qualifying organizations the opportunity to receive in-kind investments of ProExam services and mentoring to initially develop and grow a credentialing program through its early stages.

NFPA’s PCCE credential

The National Federation of Paralegal Associations was the first nonprofit to benefit from the ProExam Fund. ProExam collaborated with NFPA to develop the Paralegal CORE Competency Examination. The PCCE filled a need in the market for an entry-level and early-career credential for paralegals and complemented the NFPA’s existing Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam (PACE). The PCCE was released in November 2011.

Applying for the ProExam Fund

Any not-for-profit organization can apply. Each application will be judged based on the soundness of the credentialing plan and the organization’s capacity to carry it out.

Each applicant will be asked for the following:

  • A description of the organization, its mission, and its management structure
  • The organization’s credentialing vision or plan
  • What’s driving the need for the credential (regulation, stakeholders or employers)
  • Who will benefit from the credential, and how
  • The size of the market for the credential (How many potential credential holders exist, and over what time frame?)
  • The organization’s capacity and plan for promoting and distributing the credential
  • How the proposed credential would be positioned relative to any credentials that already exist in the same or similar market space

If you’re with a nonprofit association and would like to know more, please contact ProExam.