The obligation to complete CPD is a statutory requirement for all holders of a practising certificate (see the Legal Profession Rules 2009, Part 2 Division 2).  Practitioners are required to earn 10 CPD points over a full CPD year (1 April to 31 March), of which at least one point must be earned within each competency area, and a minimum 6 points being interactive.

What is an interactive activity?

Rule 7 of the Legal Profession Rules 2009 defines an interactive activity as “an approved CPD activity that is part of a structured learning programme and either —
 
(a)          involves interaction between 2 or more persons whether in person or by remote communication; or
(b)          is an interactive electronic activity
 
Rule 13A of the Legal Profession Rules 2009 defines an electronic activity as “an approved CPD activity provided by way of the electronic communication of information in the form of data, text, sound or images, or a combination of those things
 
To be considered interactive, an activity must:

  • Be delivered ‘face-to-face’ or by a live webinar, and have the ability for the participant to ask questions and interact with the presenter; or

  • Be delivered electronically and include a component during the activity which requires the participant to interact with the delivered content; and

  • Comply with other conditions of being an approved activity (e.g. be an approved single activity or be delivered through an approved QA provider, be included in one of the four mandatory competency areas, includes accurate records of attendance)

What if I am not practising?

If you are not practising, or employed in a non-legal role, or work part-time, or are on leave, and you hold a current local practising certificate, you are still required to complete CPD. 
 
In some circumstances you can make an application for a variation of the CPD condition (e.g. for parenting leave). There are usually requirements and conditions with each type of variation. More information is available in the application CPD Form 4

The Legal Profession Rules 2009

The Legal Profession Rules 2009 as amended at 21 February 2015 came into effect as of 1 April 2015.

  • The amended Rules apply for the CPD year commencing 1 April 2015 and ending 31 March 2016, and compliance is for the renewal of practising certificates for the year beginning 1 July 2016. Legal Profession Rules 2009

  • The CPD Requirements and Guidelines document has been amended to reflect the changes to the Legal Profession Rules 2009 as per the Amendment Rules.

  • A main change to the Rules has been the introduction of 4 Competency Areas and to assist practitioners and providers with this the Board has  prepared  a Guidelines document for the allocation of topics to the different Competency Areas.