CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) CODE

Definition

Continual Professional Development (CPD) is any relevant and valid education or training by a Paralegal to enable them to develop his or her professional knowledge, skills and abilities.

CPD should cover:

  • Law – procedure and practice
  • Client care skills
  • Practice skills
  • Organisational and management skills

Members of the PPR are responsible for their own professional development in accordance with the PPR Practitioner Rules and the Paralegal Practising Certificate Rules. Training must be provided by a training provider recognized as adequate by the relevant Recognised Membership Body (see Paralegal Practitioner Rules Rule 4 4.1)

Requirements

CPD is required to be undertaken by Tier 2 Paralegals and above in accordance with PPR members’ CPD guidance document.

Members at Associate level and above are required to undertake a minimum of 12 hours CPD in each year of practice.
7 hours must be gained through formal means such as:

  • Attendance at a legal conference
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Courses
  • Training
  • Publishing papers, articles or books

5 hours may be gained through private study; taking part in consultations; in-house training; reading journals or books; preparing training materials or presentations.

On re-issue of a lapsed Paralegal Practising Certificate the Practitioner will be required to undertake CPD on a pro rata basis for the period that remains of the practicing year.

Records and Monitoring

Paralegals must complete a CPD record in good faith and will be required to produce their record at the end of their practice year.

A Member may, in extenuating circumstances, apply for an exemption of up to 6 hours CPD.

If a Member has not complied with the requisite CPD requirements and they are not entitled to an exemption, the PPR will investigate and may withdraw the Member from the PPR. A Member’s CPD record may be used in any complaint investigation that alleges lack of knowledge or incompetent practice.