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CPD and competence in 2017

Solicitors Continuing Competence

Solicitors no longer need to count CPD hours. Instead you should now reflect on the quality of your practice and identify any learning and development needs. You can then address these needs to make sure your knowledge and skills are up to date and that you are competent to practice.

The SRA continuing competence toolkit provides useful information and resources to help you adopt this new approach to continuing competence. It is also helpful for firms or organisations that employ solicitors.

The new regime requires you, in summary, to:

With our CPD 2017 competence service you can create and maintain a CPD Plan, undertake our courses and keep compliant records.

Barristers CPD

The new BSB CPD regime, effective from 1 January 2017:

Updated guidance, has been published by the BSB. The system is now effective.

The Rules are contained in the BSB Handbook, Part 4, at rules rQ130 rQ138 and guidance gQ1-gQ5.

The definition of CPD has not changed from the previous one:

CPD is work undertaken over and above your normal commitments as a barrister. CPD is undertaken with a view to developing your skills, knowledge and professional standards in areas relevant to your present or proposed area of practice. This is in order to keep yourself up to date and maintain the highest standards of professional practice.

The four required stages you will need to complete are:

With our CPD 2017 competence service you can create and maintain a CPD Plan, undertake our courses and keep compliant records.