This section of our website contains general guidance for
barristers about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from 1
A commitment to the constant updating of knowledge and skills is
the hallmark of being a professional and the BSB has a statutory
responsibility to assure the public, independently, that they can
rely on barristers as being up to date and competent. Once you
receive your full practising certificate as a barrister, you are
therefore required to comply with the BSB Handbook rules about
On "day one" of your practice as a barrister after pupillage,
you have to meet the requirements of the
Professional Statement, which outlines the knowledge, skills
and attributes expected of you as a practising barrister.
To make sure that you continue to meet those requirements and
that you continue to develop your relevant knowledge and skills,
you are required to undertake CPD. During your first three full
years as a practising barrister, you must comply with the CPD rules
within the New Practitioners Programme (NPP). Once you have
practised for more than three full years, you must comply with
rules within the Established Practitioners Programme (EPP).
As your regulator, we will check whether you are complying with
your CPD requirements by spot checking a sample of barristers' CPD
records on both the NPP and the EPP.
If you have any questions about CPD, do not hesitate to contact
the team at CPDrecords@barstandardsboard.org.uk.