17 January 2018

Information for Accredited CPD Providers

In April 2016, we published confirmation that the CPD requirements for barristers would be changing in 2017 with a more flexible, outcomes-focused CPD system being implemented in January 2017.

From 1 January 2017, Established Practitioners will not be subject to a minimum number of hours and will instead be free to plan their own CPD activities, allowing for greater flexibility in the types of CPD activities they undertake. There will no longer be a requirement for a proportion of their CPD to be met through BSB CPD accredited activities. The significant changes to barristers' CPD requirements planned for next year mean that there will inevitably no longer be a demand for CPD accreditation. Our Board has therefore given its consent to formally close the CPD Interim Provider Accreditation Scheme on 31 December 2016. Providers accredited in calendar year 2016 will continue to engage with the CPD accreditation scheme and remain required to comply with the CPD monitoring cycles for 2016. Further and clear guidance relating to the orderly closure of the scheme will be issued to all accredited CPD Providers in the summer. Please contact CPDAccreditation@BarStandardsBoard.org.uk if you have any questions or concerns.