The Authorisation Framework sets out the standards that organisations must meet in order to provide education and training for the Bar. It distinguishes between organisations that wish to offer an academic and vocational (integrated) or vocational component (likely to be universities or other providers of education), and those that wish to offer a pupillage/work-based component (likely to be chambers and organisations that employ barristers and/or solicitors).

The Authorisation Framework and the Curriculum and Assessment Strategy are the tools that enable organisations seeking authorisation to provide Bar training to understand what their applications need to address, and that enable us to assess those proposals and to determine whether they are fit for purpose. The Authorisation Framework also provides the basis for ongoing supervision and authorisation renewal (where relevant) of those providing Bar training.