22 September 2019

How are you getting on with your CPD?

Since 1 January this year, barristers who have been practising for more than three years (Established Practitioners' Programme - EPP) are required to comply with a new CPD scheme. As it is now halfway through the year, we wanted to remind you about the need to do the following things, to make sure you comply:

  1. REVIEW:Prepare a written CPD Plan setting out your learning objectives and the activities you propose to undertake during the year.
  2. RECORD:Keep a written record of the CPD activities you have undertaken over the past three years including your reflection on the CPD you have undertaken during that time, any variation in your plans and an assessment of your future learning objectives.
  3. REFLECT:You should reflect on your planned and completed CPD activities to assess whether you have met your objectives.
  4. REPORT:You must declare to the Bar Standards Board annually that you have completed your CPD. This should be completed as part of the authorisation to practise process, when you renew your practising certificate.

Templates which show you how to record that you have done the above are on our website.

If you are a barrister who has been practising for fewer than three years (on the New Practitioners' Programme - NPP), your CPD requirements are on our website. It would be ideal to spread your activities over the three calendar years. This will help you develop good habits once you are required to declare annually under the EPP, when you have held a practising certificate for at least three calendar years.