Study Materials for VA Accredited Claims Agent Exam

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2017 Study Materials Pertaining to VA's Accreditation Study Exam

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I sat the VA accredited agents’ exam today. Just wanted to say thank you to your organization for the materials you provide. It helped steer me in the right direction and prepare me for the exam. Without your materials I would have found it much harder to focus as the regulations are so voluminous. In particular, I spent many hours reviewing your sample tests so that I was familiar with the type of questions when it came to the exam. The [actual] 28 questions seemed easy after doing your sample tests! Warm wishes, - S.A. (2017)

Our 2017 Study Materials, Sample Questions with Answers, and Limited Phone Support will help individuals and non-practicing attorneys pass VA's exam to become an Accredited VA Claims Agent. These materials do not apply to service organization accreditation (e.g VFW, DAV, American Legion, etc...).

See a Detailed Description of the Study Materials.

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 - 2017 Study Materials

$395.00

Use this option if you only want purchase the study materials to prepare for the exam to become accredited. The study materials include the following (see a more detailed description):

  • "Study Guide" (80 pages),
  • "Training Manual for the Accredited Agents Exam" (480 pages),
  • "Selections from Title 38 CFR Pertaining to the Accredited Agents Exam" (648 pages),
  • 375 Practice Questions with answers (76 pages), and
  • Limited Phone Support to answer general questions regarding application, testing, and study



OPTION 2 - 2017 Study Materials and "How to Apply" book

$450.00

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 Dept. of Veterans Affairs Benefits for Veterans and Their Survivors (2017 Edition)
  • "Study Guide" (80 pages),
  • "Training Manual for the Accredited Agents Exam" (480 pages),
  • "Selections from Title 38 CFR Pertaining to the Accredited Agents Exam" (648 pages),
  • 375 Practice Questions with answers (76 pages), and
  • Limited Phone Support to answer general questions regarding application, testing, and study



STEPS TO BECOMING 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).




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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