As notaries continue to grapple with the best way to spend their limited funds on education, we are asking questions to get an idea of what would work best for each of us.
One question that came up recently was do the classes from Notary2Pro provide the information to pass the notary signing agent exam from the National Notary Association?
While these are competing educational systems from different companies, it is not an unreasonable question, as both cover the same overall topic.
As I am still working my way through all of the offerings at N2P and the NNA, I am not ready to post my detailed reviews of each. In the meanwhile, here is my response to that question.
Reading the Signing Professionals Workgroup ebook and the freebies on the National Notary Association (NNA) site will provide the info to pass the NNA NSA exam — but you will have a hard time applying the info without either the NNA or the N2P class or both. Simply taking the N2P NSA class and passing their exam will get you graduate status with them, which gets you the N2P Certification and access to their list of vetted firms and discounts on stuff from various places. The NNA has no list of firms.
Carol Ray (of Notary2Pro) has stated that the NNA will let her (N2P) graduates skip the NNA NSA exam and just pay $65 for the background check. Even so, I recommend spending the $99 with the NNA and take the Notary Essentials class and NSA Continuing Education class and their exam, as that gets you priority listing on signingagent.com.
If you can’t afford both, start with the NNA and come back to get the N2P classes as soon as you can, if for no other reason so you can access that list of vetted firms.
I spent the $99 with the NNA and got their Notary Essentials class (which I found to be an excellent refresher course on notary basics — I wish it had been available when I became a notary 20 years ago); the NSA Continuing Education class (which covers a good deal more than I expected — be sure to get all the downloads available under the Resources tab that shows up while you are taking the class); the NSA Exam (30 questions based mostly on the NSA class and the SPW ebook which you will download from that Resources tab); and the background check that so many of the signing services and title companies require.
I took both NNA classes and the exam over the course of one day and passed it. Then it was a matter of waiting for the NNA to send me the link to their background check provider, ordering the background check and waiting for that to come back, then for the NNA to update their system to show that I was certified. To give you and idea of the timeline for that, I paid the $99 last Thursday and my updated profile on signingagent.com went live this morning (8 days from start to finish).
The NNA does not offer a list of potential clients (N2P does for its graduates) and your profile on the NNA signingagent.com site will be seen by firms that have not been vetted, so you will need to do your own research on anyone who calls you from your NNA listing.
The other option that I can speak of from personal experience is Notary2Pro. They have a $135 package that includes an NSA class, exam, and Basic, Advanced, and Reverse Mortgage classes. Once you pass their NSA exam, you are a graduate, which gets you access to their graduates website. That site contains a list of vetted firms (some signing services, some title companies) that they say will accept the N2P certification and don’t require the NNA certification. You will still need to pay for an acceptable-to-each-client background check, which the NNA one generally is.
N2P offers discounts on various helpful stuff, also.
Be sure to download everything in the N2P Library and in the download area on the graduates website.
For the one time price, you are certified for life by Notary2Pro and you get lifetime access to the graduates area — but only 3 full months and one partial month access to their main site (with the classes and exam).
The videos for Notary2Pro are on YouTube, so you can get a taste of Carol’s teaching style by looking for them there. Here is a link to an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb4CNCMvimI
Both the NNA and N2P have additional services available for extra cost.
The third firm that I have seen many notaries speak highly of is The Loan Signing System by Mark Wills. I hope to take their class next month and will have more to say about it after that.
Meanwhile, I am working on a series of articles about notary training. You can see those and other pieces of interest to notaries on my website here (at notarymemphis.wordpress.com)
I passed the Notary2Pro certification 2 weeks ago, which gives me the professional title of Professional Loan Signing Agent (PLSA). Then I passed the National Notary Association classes and exam 1 week ago. Now, I have cleared the NNA background check and they have updated their system, so my profile on signingagent.com is live, which renews my title of Certified Notary Signing Agent (CNSA). That makes two certifications as a notary signing agent completed this month. YAY!
Next up is to take the remaining classes on N2P and download everything there and register with all the firms on the N2P graduates site list of potential clients. If I am not swamped with business in October, I plan to take the Loan Signing System classes then. Once I have finished up with LSS, I will write and post my articles about all three of these educational systems.
Here is a link to my profile on the NNA site
Here is a link where you can confirm my PLSA standing with Notary2Pro: Tim Gatewood – Professional Loan Signing Agent by Notary2Pro