Professional Skills Course, decision to grant exemption from
Principles of regulatory decision-making, approved by the SRA Board, provide a set of standards applicable to decisions. The principles are supported by guidelines.
The reasons given by a decision-maker will normally include specific criteria applicable to the decision. SRA Policies relevant to decision-making are reflected in the criteria.
Scope of this documentThis document applies to applications for an exemption from the Professional Skills Course.
The following criteria are relevant but not exhaustive:
- the applicant has submitted a fully completed application form with the appropriate fee,
- the applicant has demonstrated that they have met the written standards for the compulsory core subject from which they are requesting an exemption from, or
- the applicant has provided all supporting documentation as required by the SRA to satisfy the decision-maker.
The example below is illustrative and does not set any type of precedent. Each matter is considered on its own facts and merits.
An applicant applies for exemption from the Client Care and Professional Standards module of the PSC. The applicant provides evidence of nine years work experience gained in a solicitor’s practice.
The evidence provided demonstrates the applicant has significant experience of client care and professional standards and how these areas would apply in a solicitors’ practice. This is supported by evidence of in-house courses attended which covered similar ground as that covered in the PSC module.
We are satisfied that the evidence required is detailed enough to indicate sufficient experience to warrant exemption from the Client Care and Professional Standards of the PSC.