SOURCE: National Notary Association

January 09, 2007 07:00 ET

National Notary Association Earns Educational Accreditation Recognized by U.S. Department of Education

NNA's Notary Education Curriculum Earns Accreditation Following Yearlong Review Process; Sets New Standard of Professionalism for America's Notaries

CHATSWORTH, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 9, 2007 -- The National Notary Association (NNA), the nation's professional organization representing 4.5 million Notaries, announced today that it has earned national accreditation of its educational curriculum. The endorsement, which follows a yearlong independent assessment of the NNA's Notary-training programs by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET), creates a new standard of professionalism for America's Notaries, as well as for the Association's quality educational programs.

As the nation's professional identity screeners for hundreds of sensitive transactions, from buying a home to seeking a power of attorney or obtaining an advanced healthcare directive, Notaries are in the unique position to prevent identity theft and document fraud. The five year accreditation -- the longest granted by the U.S. Department of Education -- provides a level of assurance to consumers that when sensitive documents are notarized by an NNA trained professional, the Notary handling the transaction has received the highest quality training available in the nation.

"For 50 years, providing the most authoritative and comprehensive Notary education available has been a hallmark of the NNA," said NNA Executive Director Timothy S. Reiniger, Esq. "We are honored to be the only organization representing Notaries that has been recognized with this prestigious accreditation."

The accreditation applies to all Notary education services offered by the NNA, including live seminars and online training courses. The NNA's curriculum is designed for Notaries of all experience levels. Officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting authority for non-collegiate continuing education, ACCET evaluates centers of education throughout the United States using rigorous standards for quality.

For more information on the NNA's Notary education programs, please visit NationalNotary.org/training or call (toll free) 1-800-US NOTARY (1-800-876-6827).

About the National Notary Association

Founded in 1957, the National Notary Association (NNA) is committed to the professional development of Notaries throughout the United States by providing education, support and advocacy. The NNA educates lawmakers, businesses and state officials on best notarial practices, and leads efforts to make necessary changes in state and federal statutory framework. The Association has more than 300,000 members and offers nationally accredited Notary education programs.

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