Why I Recommend the Classes at Notary2Pro
When you compare the classes and certification offered by the National Notary Association (NNA) with that offered by Notary2Pro (N2P), there are distinct advantages and disadvantages for each. My current recommendation is that you take both, as each is worth more than the cost. And each has their own approach to the facts, techniques, and tips that you need to be the best NSA that you can be.
If you can not afford that, take the NNA classes first because you need their background check for many of the firms that are hiring notary signing agents.
So, that leads to the question — why would you want to take the N2P classes after taking the NNA classes? Here is why I recommend that you do that.
The NNA does not offer a list of hiring companies (signing services or title or escrow companies) that you can register with. Being signed up directly with any hiring firm gives you a leg up on those who are just listed on an outside database such as signingagent.com or any of the other directories. When a hiring firm needs an NSA, they start with who is on their internal list. If they fill the order that way, they don’t bother with outside directories. So, signing up directly with a firm is a very good idea.
Also, the N2P list is vetted, so you don’t have to spend time checking each entry out with your own research to see how their reputation is with other notaries before you sign up with them. (You can still do that research and it’s a good idea to at least search them on Facebook for recent negative posts — but a vetted list is rare in this industry in any case. )
The firms that do find you on the NNA directory at signingagent.com are NOT vetted by the NNA or anyone else. So, every call you get from there *could* be a deadbeat firm.
That means you need to quickly do research on every new client you get from the NNA’s site to be sure they have a good reputation — or take a gamble on them being slow pay, major hassle, no pay, fee-cutting for little or no reasons, or otherwise not worth your time.
Having your own list also moves you from passive marketing (where you’re waiting for them to find you) to active marketing (where you have found them, qualified or vetted them, and are working on building a relationship of trust with them). The difference between passive and active marketing is huge in terms of results.
Finally, there are downloads on the N2P site that are not on the NNA site; the basic package on N2P includes their training for Verify I-9 (a firm that does not do their own training, so N2P graduates who take this training get called first for assignments from them); and there are discounts and access to experts on the graduates site, etc.
For all of these reasons, I recommend that you take the Notary2Pro classes. See my earlier articles about Notary Signing Agent Training (especially part 1 and part 2 of this series) for further details on these firms and what they offer — and please subscribe or follow this blog so that you don’t miss upcoming articles where I go deeper into comparisions between them, as well as how they compare with the newest educational system making a splash in the NSA business, the Loan Signing System.