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

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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