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SRA Handbook

Recognised training

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Regulation 5: Recognised training


Subject to regulation 2.2, and unless you fall within 2.1(a)(ii), you must complete a period of recognised training before we admit you as a solicitor.


The recognised training is required to enable you to meet the Practice Skills Standards and comply with the Principles and shall normally be not less than two years if undertaken full time or pro-rata if part time.


You must maintain a record of training in accordance with regulation 14.


If at any time we are not satisfied that you have received or are receiving adequate training, we may:


refuse to recognise all or any part of the training undertaken;


require you to undertake further training; or


impose any condition or take any other action that we consider necessary.


Your  training principal must certify to us in the prescribed form that you have completed the recognised training required by regulation 5.


We may recognise a period or periods of training which meet our published requirements for recognised training where appropriate to do so, including where a training principal for any reason has not certified completion of recognised training under regulation 5.5.