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Undergraduate Certificate in Notarial Law Fundamentals for Office Assistants

Detailed Information

Starting Date:1 October, 2024
Time:17.30 - 20.00hrs
Lectures Days:Tuesday
Duration:9 months - Part-Time
Contact hours:150 of 750 of total learning hours
MQF/EQF Level5
Compulsory Modules7
Delivery LanguageEnglish
Trainers:Various - Refer to each module
Price:€2,500* - 1 payment
Get 70% Refunded through the Get Qualified Scheme
Installments:Possible - Final payment to be received by the 8th month.

Course Objective

This is a comprehensive programme designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge and training in legal subjects related to notarial law. This undergraduate certificate programme focuses on the essential aspects of notarial practice and the relevant laws governing the profession.

Throughout the course, students will explore various key areas, including an examination of the Courts of Justice in Malta, as specified in Chapter 12 of the Laws of Malta – The Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure. Additionally, the programme delves into the duties and responsibilities of notaries, as outlined in Chapter 55 of the Laws of Malta – Notarial Profession and Notarial Archives, which serves as the primary focal point within the notarial field.

Under the guidance of expert instructors and professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields, students will engage in a diverse range of coursework. Topics covered include Interdiction and Incapacitation, which explores legal processes pertaining to individuals’ limited legal capacity; Presentation and Publication of Secret Wills, focusing on the proper procedures for handling confidential wills; and the Declaration of the Opening of a Succession, examining the legal requirements and documentation involved in initiating the succession process.

By completing this certificate programme, students will acquire a solid foundation in notarial law and practice, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue a career in a notarial practice office.

Who should attend?

Those assisting or seeking employment in a Notarial Office and those wishing to gain a thorough and practical knowledge of Notarial law,  on a part-time basis.

Successful students may seek a career in:

  • Notarial Office Assistants
  • Legal Office Receptionists
  • Legal Office Assistants
  • Legal Office clerks
  • Paralegal staff
  • Interpret the fundamental principles and regulations governing the Courts of Justice in Malta, as specified in Chapter 12 of the Laws of Malta – The Code of Organisation and Civil Procedure and understand their significance in the legal system.
  • Derive a comprehensive understanding of the roles and functions of notaries, as outlined in Chapter 55 of the Laws of Malta – Notarial Profession and Notarial Archives, and their essential contribution to the notarial field, including the elements of “know your client”, due diligence responsibilities and anti-money laundering regulations.
  • Infer the legal implications and processes involved in Interdiction and Incapacitation, analysing the impact on individuals’ limited legal capacity.
  • Compose a detailed examination of the proper procedures for handling confidential wills through the topic of Presentation and Publication of Secret Wills, demonstrating a thorough grasp of notarial practices.
  • Prepare a comprehensive knowledge of the Declaration of the Opening of a Succession, including the legal requirements and documentation needed to initiate the succession process effectively.
  • Construct a solid foundation in notarial law and practice, organising the acquired knowledge into a coherent understanding of the legal profession.
  • Interpret financial statements and understand their implications for financial analysis and decision-making.
  • Infer the meaning of internal and external communications and appropriately respond to ensure effective communication within and outside the organisation.
  • Manage office operations by organising resources, delegating tasks, and overseeing daily activities to ensure efficiency and productivity.
  • Recognise the importance of excellent customer service and its impact on customer satisfaction and business success.

1 advanced-level subject at Grade C or better, and 2 intermediate-level subjects at Grade C or better.


Two years’ work experience in a legal office


In accordance with the Academy’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.

Proficient communication skills in both English and Maltese* languages.


* English-speaking learners may be exempt from Maltese requirements but must present another subject at the same level. For these learners, a TOEFL or IELTS certificate in English is also acceptable

The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) deems this Diploma to be at Level 5 in the Malta Qualifications Framework and the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.
Get Your Money BackEmployers can get their money back through
€1,750 will be refunded through the Get Qualified SchemeEmployers applying for the IIS Scheme under the 2nd Call will be eligible to receive a subsidy of €25.85 per trainee per hour in the case of training costs

Detailed Time Table

From the below modules, the following are accredited by the MFHEA as separate exit awards:

Award in Office Management and Administration Fundamentals (MQF Level 5, 5 ECTS)
Award in Customer Centricity (MQF Level 5, 3 ECTS)

Module NameApproximate Delivery MQF/EQF LevelECTSContact HoursSelf-Study HoursAssessment HoursMode of Assessment
The Courts of Justice in Malta and the legal ProfessionOctober to December55257030Quiz
The functions of the Court of Voluntary JurisdictionDecember to February55257030Quiz
Notarial Duties and FunctionsDecember to February54205525Self- Assessment
Notarial Acts and Notaries’ Code Of EthicsMarch to May54205525Self- Assessment
The Court of Revision of Notarial ActsMarch to May54205525Self- Assessment
Office Management and Administration FundamentalsOctober to December55258020Quiz
Customer CentricityFebruary and March53154515Self- Assessment


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