UPDATE - 27 April 2022

Please note that we have been experiencing some technical difficulties since 13 April 2022, which has resulted in the loss of access to our systems while our IT team works to resolve these matters.

We are granting waivers for pupils pending either a Provisional Practising Certificate or waiting to apply for a Practising Certificate via MyBar. You do not need to contact us to request the waiver as we will automatically grant this when we are back up and running as usual.

If you have experienced any difficulty submitting your pupillage request between 13 April and 27 April 2022, please re-send your email with any automated message you have received to us at authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk with the subject header “PUPILLAGE 2022”.


Forms should be returned by email to authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk or by post.

Please visit our Service Update page for the latest guidance on our processing times for pupillage registration and completion forms.


Spring is always a peak period for the completion of non-practising periods of pupillage and some practising periods.

We are also dealing with approximately 80 requests for material changes.

We aim to issue any provisional practising certificates in advance of the starting date of your practising period of pupillage.

If you are still waiting to hear from us on or after your practising period start date, please contact us via email to authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

As we are dealing with a high volume of emails relating to pupillage completion, we would be grateful if you would refrain from sending chaser or follow-up emails.


Pupillage Registration Form

This is the form to register a pupillage with us. The form includes sections to be completed by you (as the prospective pupil) and your pupillage provider.
Pupillage Registration Form

Please ensure all registration forms include a handwritten signature from the relevant pupil supervisor. Alternatively, forms can be sent in by the pupillage provider (Chambers or other AETO) directly to confirm an electronic signature.

PLEASE NOTE that you may commence pupillage pending receipt of confirmation of registration from us. Due to current processing times, this may be up to four weeks after you submit your form. Please refrain from contacting us to follow-up on your registration form unless you have not heard from us after four weeks, following the submission of your form.


Completion of Non-Practising Pupillage

This is the form which must be completed at the end of your non-practising period of pupillage. The form should be signed by your pupil supervisor. A Provisional Practising Certificate will not be issued to you until we have received a signed version of this form.
Non-Practising Pupillage Completion Form 

Please ensure all completion forms include a handwritten signature from the relevant pupil supervisor. Alternatively, forms can be sent in by the pupillage provider (Chambers or other AETO) directly to confirm an electronic signature.


Completion of Practising Pupillage

This is the form which must be completed at the end of your practising period of pupillage. The form should be signed by your pupil supervisor. You will not be able to apply for your full Practising Certificate until we have received a signed version of this form. 
Practising Pupillage Completion Form 

Please ensure all completion forms include a handwritten signature from the relevant pupil supervisor. Alternatively, forms can be sent in by the pupillage provider (Chambers or other AETO) directly to confirm an electronic signature.


Notification of a Material Change

This is the form to notify us of material changes to your pupillage arrangements. These include a change of home or pupillage address, a change in pupil supervisor, a change in the date of commencement and/or proposed end date of pupillage, or a change in location due to a pupillage secondment. Please contact us if you are unsure whether other changes are material.
Notification of a Material Change Form


Guidance Documents

Practising Certificate Guidance for Pupils and Newly Qualified Barristers


Our Pupillage Processes

Please also refer to our Pupillage Processes page for individual process documents relating to pupillage registration, sign off, and material changes and the role of the BSB and other stakeholders in carrying out these processes.


Coroners Court Resources

Please also refer to our document and video resources for those practising in the Coroners' Courts.