24 October 2017

Continuing Professional Development - from 1 January 2017

This section of our website contains general guidance for barristers about Continuing Professional Development (CPD) from 1 January 2017.

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 completing CPD.

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.