CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. Professional lawyers practicing in immigration law are required by their regulators to undertake a certain amount of CPD training every year. Only accredited CPD providers may deliver qualifying CPD training. The requirements differ slightly for solicitors, barristers and OISC advisers and the respective websites for the regulators should always be consulted for up to date information.
The CPD training hosted on Free Movement is delivered by HJT Training and is all accredited with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
Changes to CPD
Both the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and the Bar Standards Board (BSB) are currently reviewing their CPD schemes and requirements and it seems likely that some sort of changes will follow. The timescale and the nature of the changes are at the time of writing unknown but the BSB states that full implementation of changes is intended for 2016.
Solicitors have to undertake 16 hours of accredited CPD training per year. 12 hours of that can be by distance learning, such as the online training made available on Free Movement. The remainder must be face to face training or be interactive webinars or involve assessment by dissertation and written assessment.
For full details see the CPD page of the SRA website.
Newly qualified barristers in their first three years must undertake a total of 45 hours of CPD training which must include certain types of course. All 45 hours must be accredited with the BSB.
After the first three years, barristers have to undertake 12 CPD hours of training, 4 of which have to be accredited by the BSB. The online training on Free Movement could therefore cover the whole of a barrister’s CPD requirements.
For full details see the CPD pages of the BSB website.
OISC advisers have to undertake differing amounts of CPD training depending on the level at which they are registered, ranging from 8 hours at Level 1 to 16 hours at Level 3. OISC advisers also have to ensure they comply with other competence requirements set by the OISC. The OISC also provides free online training to all OISC advisers. For full detail see the CPD pages of the OISC website.
The OISC does not separately accredit CPD training, instead recognising training providers accredited by the SRA and/or BSB, which includes HJT Training.