24 August 2019

Important changes to CPD for the Bar of England and Wales

As of 1 January 2017, the CPD accreditation scheme has come to an end.

CPD providers are no longer required to obtain accreditation from the BSB. You do not need to submit accreditation documents to the BSB or make payment in order to provide a CPD course.

In summary, the changes mean:

  • There is no longer a requirement for barristers to complete accredited hours;
  • Barristers no longer have to complete a minimum number of hours;
  • Barristers now have individual responsibility for the training they require;
  • Barristers have increased flexibility in the types of CPD activities that they can complete;
  • We will assess whether barristers have planned and completed their CPD in a structured way;
  • Assessments of CPD compliance will be made by taking into account barristers' CPD activity in previous years; and
  • The role of our supervision team in setting corrective action for non-compliance has been formalised. This means that the focus on the regulation of CPD will not be on disciplinary action but on ensuring that barristers comply with the CPD requirements.

We have provided some FAQs below. If you have a question that is not covered here then please contact the CPD section of the Supervision team at cpdrecords@barstandardsboard.org.uk . If the matter is urgent, please contact us on 020 7611 1444.  Our lines are open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. 


For CPD Providers

Do we need to register our courses with the BSB?

No, you are no longer required to submit details of your courses to the BSB or register them with us. Barristers will be able to claim CPD by adding the course to their CPD plan or record card.

Do we still need to complete monitoring reports?

No, from 1 January 2017 you will no longer need to complete monitoring reports. The second cycle reports of 2016 are the final reports that CPD providers were required to completed. You will need to retain those reports for at least two years.

Can you advise us on what content to include in our courses?

We cannot advise providers on what content their courses should include.

Should we ask barristers to sign a registration form?

Barristers can claim CPD by adding training to their CPD plan or record card. We do not require them to  sign a registration form.

Is our provider ID number still valid?

No, the ID numbers were used to identify accredited CPD providers. As the scheme has now ended the ID numbers should not be used anymore.


For Barristers

Can you recommend CPD providers?

Under the new CPD scheme barristers have individual responsibility for identifying which courses to attend.

Can you tell me which courses I have attended?

We are unable to confirm your attendance because CPD providers are not required to submit attendance information to the BSB. Barristers are required to ensure that their CPD records are kept up to date.

Where can I find more information on how to be compliant?

For information about how to comply with the new scheme please visit our website, the link is below. There is a guidance document which explains the new scheme, a template for the CPD plan, and an example of a compliant plan.