FAQs about continuing professional development (CPD)Training for Tomorrow: A new approach to continuing competence The SRA announced on 21 May 2014 a new approach to ensure solicitors remain competent throughout their working lives while removing the necessity for them to complete a compulsory 16 hours of training per year. Solicitors can choose to move to our new approach to ensuring ongoing competence from 1 April 2015, and it will be fully introduced for all solicitors on 1 November 2016. A toolkit is available to support solicitors and their employers in moving the new approach. Training for Tomorrow: Q&A on continuing competence consultation outcomes Training for Tomorrow: Q&A for authorised CPD providers More about the planned changes to CPD Browse FAQs about CPD requirements for solicitors and registered European lawyers. To begin, select a topic below. CPD basics When does the CPD year start and end? Do I need to do CPD? How many hours of CPD do I need to do? Which activities can I use for my CPD? How do I record my CPD? I am unable to complete my annual CPD. What can I do? Who should pay for my CPD training? Compulsory CPD courses I am a registered European lawyer. Am I required to complete any compulsory courses? Do I need to complete Management Course Stage 1? Do I need to complete Management Course Stage 2? Suspension of the CPD requirements I have returned to work after I suspended my CPD. What do I now need to do? What do I do if I am going to be out of practice for a while? In-house, distance learning and external authorisation Why is there no longer a requirement to undertake accredited training?