FAQs for training providers

Becoming a training provider

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• provide training and experience in at least three distinct areas of English and Welsh law and practice 

• enable a trainee to develop the skills needed to meet the Practice Skills Standards and comply with the Principles 

• provide appropriate supervision 

• meet all the requirements of recognised training set out in Regulation 12 of the SRA Training Regulations 2014

If you wish to make an application to become an authorised training provider, you should complete and return (with the authorisation fee) a Training Provider Application (PRT1)

Information can be found in our Authorised training provider information pack.

We retain the right to apply conditions to any approval and, if we have serious concerns about the quality of training being provided, revoke authorisation altogether.  

 

A solicitor who is exempt from holding a practising certificate under Section 88 of the Solicitors Act 1974, is also exempt from the requirement to hold a practising certificate under the Training Regulations 13.1(a).

Further information can be found in our Authorised training provider information pack.  

Salary and annual leave issues are a matter of employment law. These should be included in the terms and conditions of the employment contract.

Period of recognised training (training providers)

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This should be at least 30 days before the start of the period of recognised training. 

The fee is £100.

Part-time experience is calculated pro rata; for example a trainee who worked two and a half days per week for six months may be awarded a three month reduction to their training period.

The experience needs to have been gained in the three years preceding the period of recognised training.

Further information can be found in our Authorised training provider information pack

You may wish to use the sample training record in our Authorised Training Provider information pack.

If they are absent due to holiday or sickness, the declaration can be signed by another manager of the firm. 

They must have been with the firm for the duration of your training. The firm should include a letter of explanation.

So, as a guide, if the trainee works:

  • two and a half days per week, the period is four years (1,460 calendar days)
  • three days per week, the period is three years and four months (1,216 calendar days)
  • four days per week, the period is two years and six months (913 calendar days)  

Secondments can also be arranged where you can provide the required range of experience, but you feel that they would benefit from time spent at a client company.

Secondments do not have to be approved by us.

Further information can be found in our Authorised training provider information pack.  

This should be a mutual agreement between you as the training provider and the trainee.

If you wish to transition a trainee you should complete the form Transition from 2011 to 2014 SRA Training Regulations.  

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