Period of recognised training (2019 regulations)

Updated 25 November 2019

This page is relevant to trainees who started their period of recognised training on or after 25 November 2019, or who are still waiting to secure a period of recognised training.

If you started your training before this date, please see our 2014 regulations page.

Access the new SRA Standards and Regulations

We have a statutory duty to make sure those who are admitted as solicitors have the knowledge and skills necessary for practice. We do this by specifying the education and training that an individual must complete.

Authorisation of Individuals Regulations 2019

From 25 November 2019, our requirements are set out in the Authorisation of Individuals Regulations and the Education, Training and Assessment Provider Regulation.

This page summarises what is required and what you can expect during your period of recognised training.

Character and Suitability

On 25 November 2019, our Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules replaced the Suitability Test.

You now only need to disclose character and suitability issues to us when you apply for admission to the roll of solicitors. However, you can ask us to consider your character and suitability at any time before then. To do so, please complete our Character and Suitability Assessment form (PDF 13 pages, 298KB).

When you tell us about an issue, it is up to you to provide any evidence necessary so we can decide on your application. The nature of the issue will dictate what you need to give us.

You can check what information is needed by choosing from four options: criminal offences, assessment offences, financial evidence and regulatory history.

You should not submit your application until you are able to give us all the required information.

Please see Assessment of Character and Suitability Rules for further guidance on your application.

Disclosure and Barring Service

Everyone applying for their character and suitability assessment will need to complete the screening process before submitting their application.

Consequences of failing to submit information with your application

If you do not submit the relevant information within the time limits provided by us, your application is likely to be refused.

If it is refused, you will have 28 days to apply for a review of the decision.

Please note that, if your application is refused, you may only make another one where there has been a material change in your circumstances relevant to your application.

To find out what information you need to submit with your application, please select the option below that relates to the issue you are disclosing.

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Training trainee solicitors

Our requirements

The Authorised Training Provider information pack contains information for training organisations and trainee solicitors. Please read this for more on training requirements.

Professional Skills Course

The Professional Skills Course (PSC) is offered exclusively by course providers approved by the SRA. We decide the content of the course.

All approved course providers must show us that they can provide courses that comply with the appropriate standards. The course structure, contents and criteria for authorisation as an approved provider are detailed in the Professional Skills Course Information Pack.