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What is the CPD requirement for New Practitioners?

New Practitioners are required to complete a minimum of 45 hours of Continuing Professional Development within the first three years of practice. This must include at least 9 hours of advocacy training, at least 3 hours of ethics training and at least 33 hours of other CPD activities. If the Forensic Accountancy course was not completed during Pupillage this will be added to your NPP requirement.

When does the New Practitioners’ programme three year period begin?

The three year period begins at the start of either a 3rd six, squatting, tenancy or, if in employed practice, from the day that you start with a firm, as long as you have a practising certificate.

What is the CPD requirement for Established Practitioners?

All barristers (including those who have completed the New Practitioners Programme) are required to complete the Established Practitioners' Programme. This consists of at least 12 hours of other CPD activities per year, 4 hours of which must be on Accredited courses.

How do I find out about CPD courses?

New Practitioner Advocacy and Ethics courses are offered by all the Inns and Circuits (further details of the Inner Temple courses are on the New Practitioners'and Established Practitioners' sections of this website). Other CPD Courses are listed on the online CPD courses database on the Bar Standards Board website.

What happens if a barrister fails to complete the CPD requirements?

Those Barristers who fail to meet the requirements and have not been granted an extension will be put forward to the Professional Conduct and Complaints Committee.