Solicitor Training Regulations
SRA Competency Approach
From 1 April 2015, the SRA’s traditional requirement that solicitors must obtain at least 16 hours Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points every year was replaced by a new approach called the SRA Competency Approach.
This has to be adopted by all solicitors from 1 November 2016.
Summary of New Approach
To achieve SRA competency (which must be declared on an annual basis before a practising certificate can be awarded) the new approach requires:
However the new approach is not prescriptive as to how this is to be done. Although the SRA no longer mandates the manner in which competency is achieved and recorded, a solicitor needs to be able to demonstrate (and record) their continuing professional development themselves.
The SRA recognises that competency can be achieved through formal training and more informal, on-the-job learning, so it is possible through a combination of attending and delivering formal training and learning-through-doing, a solicitor can achieve SRA competency.