22 September 2019

Authorised Education and Training Organisations, including Pupillage Providers

Authorised Education and Training Organisations, including Pupillage Providers

This page is for prospective Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs). AETOs are training providers which are authorised to deliver one or all components of training for the Bar through one of four approved training pathways. More information about the permitted pathways can be found in the Authorisation Framework.

An AETO could be:

  • A provider of vocational or integrated academic and vocational training for the Bar, such as a higher education institution.
  • A provider of pupillage training, such as chambers, BSB entities and other organisations, including solicitors' firms, commercial organisations, government bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

In order to become an AETO, an organisation must apply to be authorised under the Authorisation Framework.

How to apply

Providers of academic and/or vocational training for the Bar

Organisations that wish to deliver vocational or integrated academic and vocational training for the Bar must meet the criteria for authorisation set out in the Authorisation Framework. They will need to apply for authorisation as an AETO using the link below. Guidance is available in the portal to help applicants to understand the type of evidence that should be submitted with an application. A pdf version of the guidance is also available.

Providers of academic and/or vocational training for the Bar can apply for authorisation now through the MyBar portal.

New providers of pupillage training

Any chambers or other organisation that wishes to start providing pupillage for the first time must meet the criteria for authorisation set out in the Authorisation Framework. They will need to apply for authorisation as an AETO. Applications must be accompanied by the supporting documentation that is required by the BSB and payment of the requisite fee. The BSB may visit an AETO seeking authorisation.

The portal will shortly open for applications. If you wish to apply, please contact authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk

Existing providers of pupillage training

Any chambers or other organisation already approved by the BSB to provide pupillage, and wishing to continue to do so in the future, must also meet the criteria for authorisation set out in the Authorisation Framework. They must also apply for authorisation as an AETO. However, existing providers of pupillage can continue to provide pupillage and advertise for new pupils. The BSB will be in contact with existing pupillage providers in due course to discuss how and when they will be authorised to be AETOs. 

Cost of application

For all providers of academic and/or vocational training and new providers of pupillage training,a flat fee of £250 will be charged to cover the cost of an initial review of the application. The output of this initial review will be an estimate indicating what further steps we will need to take to be satisfied that the application meets the requirements as set out in the Authorisation Framework.

We anticipate that in many cases, especially with applications from prospective pupillage AETOs, the application itself will suffice with no further steps (or assessment costs) required. However, should we require more information from a new prospective AETO due to the complexity or scale of its proposed training pathway, indicative costs for the steps we will need to take to help us assess the proposal include:

  • Staff Time @ up to £500 per day;
  • Expert Advisor @ up to £400 per day;
  • Travel and other costs actually incurred.

Existing pupillage providers will not be charged an application fee.

AETOs providing training for the academic and vocational (integrated) or vocational components will be charged a per-capita fee of £870 for initial authorisation and, in subsequent years, a per-capita charge for each intake of students for authorisation to deliver the vocational component of training to cover our operational and ongoing costs. Where the vocational component is split into two parts, as in the four-step pathway outlined in the Authorisation Framework, the per-capita fee will be split, into £575 for part one and £295 for part two of the vocational component.

Pupillage and work-based learning providers (existing and new), such as chambers, will not be charged a per capita authorisation or intake fee.

Contact us

If you have any questions about anything on this page, please contact us:

Queries relating to AETOs delivering the academic and/or vocational component: VBT@barstandardsboard.org.uk

Queries relating to AETOs delivering pupillage/work-based learning: authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk