Continuing professional development
Last updated 1 April 2015
Changes to the Education and Training regulations
Removal of the Management Stage Course 1 requirement
On 9 February 2015, the Legal Services Board approved our application to remove the regulatory requirement on solicitors to undertake Management Course Stage 1. As a result, from the 1 April 2015, solicitors are not required to undertake Management Course Stage 1.
Read our response to the Red Tape Consultation.
Training for Tomorrow: Q&A for authorised MCS1 providers
Training for Tomorrow: A new approach to continuing competence
On 21 May 2014, following formal consultation, the SRA Board agreed to implement a new approach to ensure solicitors remain competent to practice. This involves solicitors complying with Principle 5 in the SRA's Code of Conduct 2011 and the requirement to provide a proper standard of service by:
- reflecting on the quality of their practice by reference to our proposed Competence Statement for solicitors and addressing identified learning and development needs
- making an annual declaration that they have considered their training needs and taken measures to maintain their competence
- removing the current requirement that solicitors must undertake 16 hours of CPD annually.
The new approach will be implemented for all solicitors from 1 November 2016. However, solicitors can choose to move to this new approach from 1 April 2015.
The implementation of our new approach affects how you meet your continuing professional development requirements until 1 November 2016. Until 31 October 2016, solicitors can choose either:
- i) to follow existing CPD requirements; or
- ii) from 1 April 2015, to adopt the new approach to continuing competence.
Our new approach to continuing competence: A toolkit
Moving towards a new approach to continuing competence: Information for the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) year 2014/15
Training for Tomorrow: Q&A on the CPD position statement
Webinar: A new approach to continuing competence - impact of changes on CPD
The changes also affect the role of accredited training within our existing CPD framework. From 1 November 2014, solicitors do not need to undertake any accredited training to ensure ongoing competence. From 1 November 2014, we will not accept applications for authorisation or re-authorisation from external or in-house CPD providers.
Training for Tomorrow: Q&A for authorised CPD providers
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