Continuing professional development

Training for Tomorrow: A new approach to continuing competence

We intend to replace the existing mandatory continuing professional development scheme for solicitors with a new approach to continuing competence. On 5 February 2014, we launched a public consultation on our plans: Training For Tomorrow: A new approach to continuing competence.

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Last updated 7 June 2013

Since 1985, we have operated a compulsory continuing professional development scheme (CPD scheme). Over the years, it has evolved into a system guided by the principles of simplicity and flexibility.

Solicitors are encouraged to assume responsibility for their own development by choosing from the wide range of activities that can be pursued in order to meet the yearly CPD requirement.

All solicitors and registered European lawyers (RELs) who

  • are in legal practice or employment in England and Wales, and
  • work 32 hours or more per week

are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of CPD per year; at least 25 per cent must consist of participation in accredited training courses.

For solicitors and RELs who work fewer than 32 hours per week, the requirements are reduced.

If you're a solicitor or REL and need help locating a CPD provider, you may find it useful to search our listings of external authorised CPD providers or visit the Law Society CPD Centre.

To ensure the quality of accredited training offered to solicitors, we operate an authorisation scheme for CPD training providers.

Please use www.sra.org.uk/cpd to link to this page.