18 July 2018

CPD 2017: the countdown continues

We are changing CPD for established practitioners. The changes will give you more choice and greater flexibility in planning your training. We will focus on helping you to comply instead of issuing sanctions for non-compliance.  The new CPD regime for established practitioners comes into force on 1 January 2017 but the arrangements for those in their first three years of practice, who are on the New Practitioners Programme, will not change.

To assist practitioners to prepare for the new CPD arrangements and to help finalise our guidance, we have been busy meeting barristers up and down the country in a series of workshops. We have already held workshops in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds and Manchester, but there are still places available at the following sessions:

  • Winchester: 15 November 2016, 5.30pm - 7.30pm, The Winchester Royal Hotel,  St Peter's Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8BS

To register your attendance at either of these sessions, please email us at contactus@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

We are also holding a webinar on Thursday 10 November.

If you cannot attend any of the remaining sessions or the webinar, we will be publishing a recording of the webinar on our website. We will also share this recording with you in next month's Regulatory Update email.

The new arrangements for CPD are the result of an extensive consultation exercise which started back in 2014. A pilot group of 76 barristers undertook CPD in the new way during 2015.

The new scheme will not demand that you do a minimum number of hours CPD and our  interim accreditation scheme for CPD providers ends at the end of this year.  The combined effect of all of the changes will be to give you much more flexibility concerning CPD. You can find out more details about CPD on  our website