If you are a barrister who has held your practising certificate for less than three years, then you must undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in accordance with the New Practitioner Programme. However, if you want to apply for an exemption or waiver from your CPD requirements under this Programme, you can do so here.

Before you apply for either a Waiver or an Extension of Time to complete the CPD requirements under the New Practitioner Programme, please read the criteria and guidelines which you can download from this page.

For information about extensions and waivers on the Established Practitioner Programme, visit our guide to the EPP


How to apply

Please complete the application form and ensure that you have submitted all necessary supporting evidence and associated fee with it.

Failure to provide supporting documentation may result in a delay to us being able to assess your application.  

NPP Extension
Application for an extension of time to complete the requirements of the New Practitioners Programme for newly qualified barristers.
£135 - Application Form - Online Application - Guidelines

NPP Waiver 
Application for a waiver of all or part of the New Practitioners Programme for newly qualified barristers.
£135 - Application Form - Online Application - Guidelines


Application process

The assessment process takes between six to eight weeks, after all necessary information and fees are received.

In every case, we have the power to request further information or documentation be supplied in support of an application. 

Please note that it is the primary responsibility of the applicant to provide all relevant information and supporting evidence at the time of application.  Applicants should not seek to rely on us to ask for it.

All applications and supporting documentation will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Reviews

If you are unhappy with a decision made by the Authorisations Team you may request a review by the Authorisations Review Panel. Applications for review must be made within one month of our decision.