FAQs for training providers

Updated 25 November 2019

Becoming a training provider

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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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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

It should link the experience they have gained to the skills they have developed. The supervisor must verify the record.

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)