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What To Look For When Choosing Your Notary Signing Agent Training

Use the NNA’s training recommendations to make sure your Notary signing agent course is up to standard

Training is essential to a successful career as a Notary signing agent, and continuing education is vital to keeping your skills sharp amid a constantly evolving mortgage finance industry. So if you’re looking to become a Notary signing agent, make sure you get the best possible training by ensuring your program includes:

1. Up-to-date industry information

The industry is constantly changing, so when selecting a training course you will want to make sure it is up to date and covers any important recent developments, such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new Closing Disclosure, scheduled to be implemented in October 2015.

2. Comprehensive coverage of both signing agent duties and Notary essentials

Signing agents don’t simply notarize documents — they are also tasked with bringing documents to the borrower, making sure all necessary signatures are completed and notarized at the signing, and then ensuring the completed loan documents are delivered in a timely fashion. But also, the signing agent is relied upon to perform notarizations properly. A good signing agent training course should cover topics such as:

  • The type of documents included in a loan signing packet and how to handle them
  • Examples of how to field questions, and where to refer signers for questions the signing agent cannot answer
  • What lenders, title companies and signing services look for in signing agents
  • Why your professionalism is important to everyone in the lending process
  • Notary fundamentals and best practices

3. Acceptability

Do companies look for signing agents who have undergone this training course? A good way to find this out is to ask the companies who may hire you what type of training they prefer or will accept. You can also find out more about what training signing services, lenders and title companies prefer on signing agent discussion groups or on Facebook.

David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association.


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Gail Reed

28 Jul 2015

I am a new notary public in the state of Maryland, can you direct me on how to get my first gig, who should I sign up with to receive notifications, what should I invest in first if I want to be an independent agent. Thanks, seeking a coach or mentor for beginners

National Notary Association

30 Jul 2015

Hi Gail. You may want to ask other Notaries in our social media channels ( for recommendations on companies and if anyone is offering mentoring in your area. Good luck!

Ralph D. Wedertz

28 Jul 2015

Can you please advise when / where a current Certified Notary Signing Agent can obtain training for the Certified Notary Signing Specialist that is supposed to be the next evolution in designations?

National Notary Association

04 Aug 2015

Hello and thanks for reaching out. The SPW hasn’t announced when the exam will roll out, so the certification isn’t currently available. We will share the latest news with our readers as soon as more information is available. Have a great week.

Jose A Rodriguez

16 Nov 2015

Was a Certified NSA in 2012.............Requesting how to return as a Certified Notary Signing Agent..............Please advise

National Notary Association

17 Nov 2015

Welcome back Jose! You can contact our Customer Care team for assistance at 1-800-876-6827 or visit our website at to get started on renewing your training.


20 Jan 2018

what is your intake on the notary learning center? any input about their course?


10 Mar 2018

What are the 3 best courses in San diego?

04 Oct 2018

I passed the test but I guess I didn't purchase a training course. So how do I get a certificate? What's the process and the cost?

08 Oct 2018

Hello. Please contact our Customer Care team at 1-800-876-6827 for assistance.

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