Practitioners are required to submit a certificate to the Society annually about their compliance with mandatory CPD. This Annual CPD Certificate must be provided to the Society no later than 31 March in each CPD year. The Annual Certificate is available to practitioners in a Word format to allow practitioners to record the details, competency areas and points values of the various CPD seminars and activities they undertake throughout the CPD year. On this Certificate practitioner must certify that they have complied with their obligations for the CPD year, or if they have not accrued enough points then certify that they will make up any shortfall by 30 June. Practitioners who have not accrued the required number of points by 31 March must also submit a Supplementary CPD Certificate by 30 June to confirm that they have accrued the outstanding points needed and have complied with their CPD obligations for the preceding CPD year.
All practitioners who have held a practising certificate for part or all of a CPD year must submit an Annual CPD Certificate. If a practitioner cannot comply with their CPD obligations due to illness, leave (including maternity leave and long service leave, but not annual leave), or other circumstances provided for in the Regulations, the practitioner can apply to the Society for an exemption from all or part of their mandatory CPD obligation. Practitioners should complete an Application for Exemption Form and submit it to the Society, generally the earlier the better. It is not necessary to wait until 31 March to submit an application for exemption.
CPD a guide for practitioners
CPD a guide for practitioners is the essential CPD manual. It includes information regarding:
- Annual CPD requirements
- Compulsory competency areas
- Record keeping and audits
- Examples of CPD point accruals
- Points accrual
- Pro rata points accrual
- Record keeping
Legal Profession Regulations, Schedule 2, Continuing Professional Development Scheme
The mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme as outlined in the Schedule 2 of the Legal Profession Regulations.