This page explains the role of Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs) and sets out how to apply to become a pupillage provider (AETO).

In April 2019, we published an Authorisation Framework which sets out the standards that an organisation must meet in order to be authorised to provide education and training for the Bar. We will use the Authorisation Framework as the basis for our decisions on who becomes Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs).

AETOs are authorised to deliver one or all components of training for the Bar through one of four approved training pathways. The term includes organisations previously known as Providers, Pupillage Training Organisations and Approved Training Organisations. It does not include those who deliver only the academic component of training.


How to apply

New providers of pupillage training

If you are a chambers or other organisation that wants to start providing pupillage for the first time, you must meet the criteria for authorisation set out in the Authorisation Framework. You will need to apply for authorisation as an AETO. Applications must be accompanied by the supporting documentation that is required by us and payment of the requisite fee. We may visit an AETO seeking authorisation.

You can apply for authorisation as an AETO through the MyBar portal. Guidance is available in the portal to help you to understand the type of evidence that should be submitted with an application. It is also available here.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk.

Existing providers of pupillage training

If you are a chambers or other organisation already approved by us to provide pupillage, and you want to continue to do so in the future, you must also meet the criteria for authorisation set out in the Authorisation Framework. You must also apply for authorisation as an AETO. However, existing providers of pupillage can continue to provide pupillage and advertise for new pupils while their AETO applications are being processed. We will be in contact with existing pupillage providers in due course to discuss how and when they will be authorised as AETOs. 


Cost of applications

For new providers of pupillage training, a flat fee of £250 will be charged to cover the cost of an initial review of the application. The output of this initial review will be an estimate indicating what further steps we will need to take to be satisfied that the application meets the requirements as set out in the Authorisation Framework.

Existing pupillage providers will not be charged an application fee.

We anticipate that in many cases, the application itself will suffice with no further steps (or assessment costs) required. However, should we require more information from you due to the complexity or scale of your proposed training pathway, indicative costs for the steps we will need to take to help us assess your proposal include:

  • Expert Advisor Time @ up to £400 per day

video image

Implementing the Professional Statement in pupillage

Julia Witting, Head of Supervision at the Bar Standards Board, explains how to implement the Professional Statement in pupillage.


Contact us

If you have any questions about anything on this page, please contact us: authorisations@barstandardsboard.org.uk


Concerns about an AETO?

If you have a concern about a chambers or other organisation that delivers work-based learning (pupillage) training for barristers, please read our guidance on reporting a concern.


Also of interest: