Career and Professional Development

The unending pursuit of Knowledge and Wisdom!

Pile Of Books

For a Better Tomorrow

“The ability to read, write, and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in the door and take your seat at the table—all of that starts with education.”—Michelle Obama

“The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.”—Mortimer Adler

“The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”—John F. Kennedy

Custom Logo

Next Course Offering:
LA Notary Preparatory/Review Course

This Course is a Comprehensive Study of:

Notarial Practices & TRANSACTIONS






 • Drafting Documents

• Researching Issues

·    Establishing a notary practice

Crossing the River



How do I sign up for the notary course?

To sign up for the course, click on the LA Notary Preparatory/Review Course link in the Event section at the bottom of the home page.

What is required to become a Notary in Louisiana?

The requirements of becoming a notary are enumerated on the LA Secretary of State website. (

See excerps below.


Any resident citizen or alien of the state, 18 years of age or older, may be appointed a notary public in and for the parish in which they reside provided that they meet the requirements established by Louisiana R.S.35:191.

Notary applicants must be qualified by the Secretary of State's Office and, unless licensed to practice law in Louisiana, must complete the Notary Exam Pre-Assessment as well as take and pass the state notary exam. The pre-assessment is online and must be completed before an applicant can register for the state notary exam. The pre-assessment is mandatory but only needs to be taken once. The state notary exam is given at least twice a year.

To qualify to become an applicant, you are required to complete an Application to Qualify. To qualify, you must: 

  • be registered to vote in the parish in which you seek commission;

  • be a resident citizen or alien of this state;

  • not have been convicted of a felony and not been pardoned; 

  • be able to read, write, speak and be sufficiently knowledgeable of the English language;

  • be 18 years of age or older; and

  • hold a high school diploma, a diploma for completion of a home study program approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or a high school equivalency diploma issued after successfully completing the test of General Educational Development.

You must register to Take the Exam Pre-Assessment:

When Application to Qualify is approved, you will receive an email containing your applicant ID and an access code to enable you to register online to take the mandatory Notary Exam Pre-Assessment. (If you have taken the pre-assessment, you proceed to register for the state notary exam.) When registration for the pre-assessment is complete, the LSU Center for Assessment and Evaluation will email you login instructions to complete the pre-assessment. Once this office receives your score from LSU OAE, you will be able to register for the state notary exam. This test is an evaluation and does not require a passing score for you to register for the state notary exam.

How to Register to Take the Exam

Once you have received a score on the Notary Exam Pre-Assessment, you can register online to take the state notary exam. The deadline to get your Application to Qualify, Notary Exam Pre-Assessment and Examination Registration completed is 30 days prior to the exam. Please take note that the Application to Qualify must be approved by the Secretary of State's Office and the Notary Exam Pre-Assessment registration and scoring process take approximately one week. It is, therefore, beneficial to the applicant to submit these well in advance of the deadline. The deadline to complete the Pre-Assessment is 37 days prior to the exam.

What materials do I need for the course

We will utilize the official study guide for the Notary Exam which can be purchased for the LA Secretary of State; the study guide currently costs $100.00. The Secretary of State publishes an official study guide for the exam. Entitled Fundamentals of Louisiana Notarial Law and Practice, the study guide contains the sources and materials from which the exam items are drawn. To purchase the study guide online, see

You will also need access to the internet for purposes of research and homework.

What is the cost of the course and are payment plans available>

The cost of the course is $400.00 plus the cost of your study guide (this is purchased directly from the LA Secretary of State).

 Payment may be made by cash, check/money order, or credit card prior to the first class.

You may divide your payments into 3 equal payments. A $12.00 service fee will apply to each of the 3 payments.