The unique characteristics of the Institute's Accreditations enable Accredited professionals - and the firms or in-house legal departments who seek them - to be quantifiably recognized as the most highly skilled, experienced and educated professionals.
This approach to recognizing Accredited professionals stems from The Institute’s Core Values which are central to its operating philosophy and the aims of the organization. The Institute’s creation was deliberately designed to align with other professional associations and educators while seeking to truly serve its members.
See The American Lawyer article, "An Accreditation Seeks to 'Professionalize' Law Firm Pricing Directors" (July 20, 2018).
The Accredited Legal Pricing Professional (ALPP) designation is the legal industry’s first accredited legal pricing qualification. Professionals who qualify for the ALPP are expected to have a deep understanding and possess relevant work experience in core areas and competencies as they relate to legal pricing
The Accredited Legal Project Manager (ALPM) designation is the legal industry’s first accredited legal project management qualification. Professionals who qualify for the ALPM are expected to have a deep understanding and possess relevant work experience in core areas and competencies as they relate to legal project management.
The Accredited Legal Operations Professional (ALOP) designation is the Institute's legal operations qualification. Professionals who qualify for the ALOP are expected to have a deep understanding and possess relevant work experience in core areas and competencies as they relate to legal operations in the law firm or corporate legal department environment.
Unique and Differentiating Characteristics of True Value Partnering Institute Accreditations
First, Institute Accreditations are achieved through a point system based on professional education combined with years of relevant legal professional experience at a managerial level or above.
Second, Institute Accreditations require 32 credit hours of education which - when all combined - more closely resemble the rigor of a structured master’s degree course.
Third, Institute Accreditations require education from a broad array of world-class educators, reference materials, and real-world problem-solving discussions.
Fourth, Institute Accreditations require continuing annual education.
The ALPP designation is a big step forward towards the professionalization of Legal Pricing and will help distinguish those who are true experts in the field and dedicated to this strategically important function.
-- Matthew Beekhuizen, Chief Pricing Officer, Greenberg Traurig
[B]eing able to qualify that individuals have the necessary skill sets to be successful in pricing roles at large firms and legal departments is important in a profession such as ours given it is still a relatively new and continually evolving discipline, so certifications like the ALPP can be a helpful tool in validating the nature of one's experience and qualifications.
-- Keith Maziarek, Director of Pricing and Legal Project Management, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP