Substitute QWE and SQE2 as an equivalent to a period of recognised training application

September 2021

You can only qualify through this route if you meet our transitional requirements. If you do not meet these, you will need to qualify under the full SQE route.

Who can apply

This is for individuals who have either started or passed the Legal Practice Course (LPC), or who meet our transitional requirements.

How to apply

First you need to create your mySRA account, activate it and this will give you an SRA number. You will need this number to apply for the substitution.

Then complete this application to tell us that you want to use qualifying work experience (QWE) and SQE2 as an equivalent to a period of recognised training.

After completing this you will need to:

  • register to sit SQE2
  • record two years’ full-time or equivalent QWE

You will not need to:

  • sit SQE1
  • complete a period of recognised training
  • take the Professional Skills Course

You will be admitted as a solicitor under the LPC route (not the SQE route).

Please be aware:

  • We will ask for your LPC certificate when you apply to become a solicitor.
  • If you cannot prove you have passed the LPC, you will have to:
    • sit the SQE1 exams
    • validate your degree
    • be admitted as a solicitor under the SQE route rather than the LPC route


There is no fee for this application.

What next

  • If you already have qualifying work experience, you can register it.
  • You will need to register for an SQE assessment account in order to take SQE2. You cannot do this until we confirm we have processed your application, which may take up to 30 days.

Apply now

We will process this application within 30 days. We will send you an email once this is complete.