CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) CODE
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 Paralegal Practitioners Rules.
CPD is required to be undertaken by Tier 2 Paralegals and above.
Members at Associate level and above are required to undertake a minimum of 12 hours CPD in each year of practice. This increased from 7 hours in each year of practice on 1st September 2018.
3 hours must be gained through formal means such as:
- Attendance at a legal conference
- Publishing papers, articles or books
4 hours may be gained through private study; taking part in consultations; in-house training; reading journals or books; preparing training materials or presentations.
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 4 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.