26 September 2017

CPD for New Practitioners

If you are a barrister who has held a practising certificate for less than three full calendar years, then you need to complete CPD in accordance with the rules for the New Practitioners Programme (NPP). These rules include:

  • The need to complete 45 hours of CPD within the three calendar years;
  • At least nine of these hours must be on advocacy;
  • At least three of these hours must be on ethics; and
  • You must also complete the Forensic Accounting course (if you did not complete it during your pupillage).

Advocacy and ethics courses are provided by the Circuits and the Inns. You do not have to attend the training at your own Inn or Circuit. The Circuits and Inns run several courses each year.

You must also complete the Forensic Accounting Course. This can be undertaken either during pupillage or afterwards. If you completed it during pupillage, you do not have to complete it again. If you did not complete the course during pupillage, you will have to do so during the NPP.  However, this course does NOT count towards the 45 hours of compulsory CPD. The Forensic Accounting Course is currently only provided by BPP University.

From 1 January 2017, there is no requirement to attend "accredited" other CPD courses.

We recommend that you take a structured approach to your CPD during the three years that you are on the NPP and do not leave all of your required CPD activities until the end of the final year.

You will need to declare that you are keeping up with CPD each year when you renew your practising certificate as part of the Authorisation to Practise process.

You do not need to routinely submit a record of your NPP development activity.  However you may be selected for a spot check and requested to submit your NPP Record Card to us.