Last updated 13 November 2014
We are currently consulting on a proposal to remove the requirement on individual solicitors to take Management Course Stage 1.
Read the Red Tape Initiative consultation.
Training for Tomorrow: Q&A for authorised MCS1 providers
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:
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:
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
Please use www.sra.org.uk/cpd to link to this page.
The SRA Training Regulations, which regulate your two-year period of training to become a solicitor, changed as of 1 July 2014.
Choose this option if your training commenced on or after 1 July 2014. You will qualify under the Training Regulations 2014.
Choose this option if your training commenced before 1 July 2014. You will qualify under the Training Regulations 2011.