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

From 1 November 2016, all solicitors must adopt our approach to continuing competence. This means that solicitors must reflect on their practice and undertake regular learning and development so their skills and knowledge remain up to date. All solicitors will need to make an annual declaration to us that they have done this.

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.


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