Study Materials for VA Accredited Claims Agent Exam

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Continuing Legal Education (3 Hour Approved Video CLE Course) for VA Accredited Individuals

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Accreditation and Fees

Accreditation from VA

Steps to Become Accredited

1. Apply - Submit VA Form 21a to the Office of General Counsel (OGC).

2. Get Approved - OGC will review your background, employment, accreditation intentions and contact your references.

3. Purchase and Study our Materials

4. Take the Exam - Once approved, the nearest regional office will schedule a time with you to take the free 28 question exam (25 multiple choice and 3 ethics questions based on 38 CFR§ 14.629-14.637).

5. Maintain the VA Required Continued Legal Education (CLE).

We provide Study Materials, Sample Questions with Answers, and "1 On 1" Phone Coaching to help individuals and non-practicing attorneys pass VA's exam to become an Accredited VA Claims Agent. These materials do not apply to service organizaiton accreditation (e.g VFW, DAV, American Legion, etc...).

Individuals who are not accredited (see 38 USC§ 5901) may not help in the preparation, presentation and prosecution of an initial claim for VA benefits. The only exception to this rule is that any person may help any veteran -- one-time only -- with a claim (38 CFR§ 14.630 & 38 USC§ 5903). Those who help veterans -- without accreditation -- may be in violation with federal law!


OPTION 1

$395.00

Use this option if you only want purchase the study materials to prepare for the exam to become accredited. The study materials (updated in September, 2015) include the following:

  • "Training Manual for the Accredited Agents Exam",
  • "Preparing for the Accredited Agents Exam",
  • "Selections from Title 38 Code Of Federal Regulations Pertaining to the Accredited Agents Exam", and
  • 345 Sample Questions with answers



OPTION 2

$680.00

This option has 2 additional items beyond the accreditation study materials (updated in September, 2015):

  1. Initial phone coaching, and
  2. Training Book: How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Senior Veterans and Their Survivors (2015 Edition).

The phone consultations are for help with studying for the exam or assisting a veteran with a claim. This extremely useful option is created for accredited individuals to assist any veteran or their spouse prepare all of the documents and forms necessary to submit a complete application for pension or compensation. Taking the exam to become accredited will not introduce you to the application forms nor help you understand the application process (this option will do all of this). Your purchase includes the following:

  • Book: How to Apply for Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Senior Veterans and Their Survivors (2015 Edition)
  • Phone consultations: help with studying for the test and help with your 1st application,
  • "Training Manual for the Accredited Agents Exam",
  • "Preparing for the Accredited Agents Exam",
  • "Selections from Title 38 Code Of Federal Regulations Pertaining to the Accredited Agents Exam", and
  • 345 Sample Questions with answers

 
Feel free to call (800) 989-8137 for questions or more information.

 

About Accreditation

Accreditation refers to the authority granted by the VA to those who meet the standards established by the VA. VA's stated purpose in requiring accreditation is to ensure that claimants for VA benefits receive "qualified assistance in preparing and presenting their claims."

Individuals who are not accredited should not be offering advice to anyone on filing a claim for pension. In order to provide a consultation on a client's individual claim you must be accredited. For attorneys to become accredited is simply a matter of filing a form (VA FORM 21a) and receiving an accreditation letter from VA. For anyone else, the same form must be filed but there is an exam required. After passing the exam, an individual who is not an attorney receives an accreditation letter from VA as an "accredited agent." Click here to read more about the process of becoming accredited.

You cannot help someone or advise someone on an application and then have the family file a claim unless you are accredited. You cannot be involved in any way in a claim as a subordinate of an accredited attorney unless you are a paralegal of the firm, a law student in the firm or a law intern.

Complying with the regulations in the representation of claims will give you an enormous advantage over non-accredited individuals and non-accredited attorneys.


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