Applying for a variation to the Practice Management Course Condition (PMC Condition)

23 Apr 2018

The Board may vary the PMC condition on a local practising certificate to enable a practitioner to commence as a principal and complete an approved practice management course within a specified time frame. Practitioners seeking a variation will need to complete and submit an LPB Form 13. Variations are usually granted for a period of 6 months.
However, the Board has noticed an increase in requests for an extension of the variation, and an increase in practitioners ceasing to practise as a principal without completing an approved practice management course.
From 18 April 2018 the Board will require all practitioners applying for a variation to the PMC condition to include in that request written confirmation of enrolment in an approved practice management course. Accordingly, there have been amendments made to the LPB Form 13 requiring the applicant to attach written confirmation of enrolment in an approved practice management course.
If an extension of the variation is required, the Board will require from the practitioner:
  • (a) a written explanation as to what circumstances exist as to why the practitioner did not complete the course in the time frame stipulated in the variation to the PMC condition, i.e. that there are reasons beyond the practitioner’s control; and
  • (b) further written confirmation of enrolment in an approved PMC that will be concluded within 6 months; and
  • (c) a written and signed undertaking that the practitioner will complete an approved PMC within 6 months.
These steps have been taken to ensure practitioners practising as a principal meet the educational requirements to ensure they have the skills to establish, operate and manage a successful practice.
It is noted that the undertaking does not require the practitioner to successfully complete an approved PMC, and any breach of the PMC condition or the undertaking will be considered on a case by case basis.