What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development commonly known as CPD, refers to the ongoing development of your knowledge and skills to ensure that you are competent to deliver legal services to your clients.

Keeping up to date with your CPD is one of the ways that we can ensure that you are competent to practise, maintaining the integrity of the profession and protecting the public.

We operate an outcomes focused scheme for most CILEx members, which means that through the CPD year, you should follow the process (pictured right) to identify your development needs and maintain and enhance your competence.

2020/21 CPD submissions

The CPD year ends on 30th September 2021. Please make sure you have updated your CPD record through your myCILEX portal (via the My CPD section), before the year ends.

Dispensation

CILEx Regulation are able to offer CPD dispensations where a minimum period of six months (between 1st October 2020 – 30th September 2021) has been spent out of employment. If you think you may be eligible for this dispensation, please contact CPD@cilexregulation.org.uk and advise us of your name and membership number and the dates of your break from employment. We can then assess your eligibility for having a dispensation applied to your 2020/2021 CPD record.

Reduction

Are you a Graduate member in the process of completing your Work Based Learning portfolio?
If so, you may be eligible for a reduction in the number of CPD outcomes you are required to record for the period 1st October 2020 – 30th September 2021. Please contact us at CPD@cilexregulation.org.uk to request this reduction.

CPD Non-Compliance
Failure to submit your required CPD hours will result in a loss of any benefits attached to your membership status with effect from 30 September 2021. For Chartered Legal Executives and Legal Accounts Fellows, this means you will lose your designatory letters, your right to act as a Commissioner for Oaths and your right to exercise any other rights attached to your membership, such as rights of audience.

Chartered Legal Executives and Associate Prosecutors will not receive a Practising Certificate for 2022 if they have not met their 20/21 CPD requirements, even where they have paid their subscriptions and submitted the prior conduct form.

If you are experiencing problems completing or logging your CPD, please email us at cpd@cilexregulation.org.uk explaining the reasons for this and we will advise you of next steps.

CPD further information

CPD Top Tips for Success – 10 minute video

CPD and Covid-19

CILEX CPD Handbook

CILEX offer CPD Training (myCILEX login required)

Your myCILEx account 

Please note:  The online CPD recording system is directly linked to your membership record, each time you add an entry to the online logbook, it will be automatically submitted and saved to your record. Therefore, there is no longer a requirement to tick a ‘submit’ button. At the end of the CPD year, your CPD record will be automatically closed by CILEx Regulation.

Your myCILEx account was changed in August 2019. If you have not logged into your account since before then, you will need to contact the CILEx Membership Team for assistance – 01234 841000 (select any option).

Who needs to do CPD?

The CPD scheme at CILEx Regulation applies to the following CILEx members:

  • Associates
  • Graduates/Legal Accounts Members
  • Fellows*/Legal Accounts Executives
  • CILEx Practitioners*
  • Associate Prosecutors

* There are special requirements for Fellows and CILEx Practitioners who are practising advocates and holding advocacy rights.

It is a requirement of the Code of Conduct that if you fall within one of the above grades, then you must complete the CPD requirements each year.

If you don’t comply with your CPD requirements you will lose the rights, which attach to your grade of membership or authorisation status from 1 January of the next calendar. You won’t be able to use your grade title or designatory letters and, in the case of Fellows, Associate Prosecutors and individuals with practice rights, exercise any of those rights, until you bring your CPD record up to date.

Find out what the requirements are for you by clicking on your grade of membership:

Associate members

Graduates, Legal Accounts Members, Fellows, Legal Accounts Executives, CILEx Practitioners, Associate Prosecutor

CPD sampling

Each year, as part of the supervision of CILEx’s membership, CILEx Regulation samples the CPD returns from those members required to undertake CPD.

A random sample of 2.5 percent is selected from the member database and we request full CPD records for the preceding CPD year. We also reserve the right to request other CPD records on a risk basis. We review the records provided to ensure that the CPD requirements have been met.

If you are selected as part of the CPD sampling process, we will send you a request to forward your CPD record. This usually takes place in the final quarter of the year, following the end of the CPD year on 30 September. As a result, we recommend that you retain your CPD records for a period of two years following the closure of the CPD year.

If you have any queries regarding the CPD process, please contact us at cpd@cilexregulation.org.uk