Associate FAQs
I currently undertake CPD with another professional body. Can this be used?

Yes, you can count this CPD in your CILEx CPD requirements, provided all the conditions for the CILEx scheme are met.

What support is my employer required to give me?

It is your responsibility to meet the CPD requirements.
Your employer is not obliged to provide time off work or funding to complete your CPD requirements. There are many low-cost activities you can consider.

I’m an Affiliate member upgrading to Associate?

If you upgrade during the CPD year (1 October to 30 September), you will not be required to complete any CPD until the start of the CPD year following your upgrade to Associate.

I’m an Associate member upgrading to Graduate?

If you upgrade during the CPD year (1 October to 30 September), you will only be required to complete the Associate CPD requirements for that year. You will need to complete the Graduate CPD requirement from the start of the CPD year following your upgrade to Graduate.

What if I work outside legal practice?

You will be required to complete CPD in the normal way (in accordance with the Regulations), but you are not required to designate a specialist area.

What if I’m self-employed?

You will be required to complete CPD in the normal way (in accordance with the Regulations), whether providing legal services or otherwise.

I’m retired?

You are exempt from the requirement to complete any CPD training.

What if I work part-time?

You will be required to complete CPD in the same way as members in full-time employment.

What if I’m out of work?

If you are absent from employment for 6 months or more in a CPD year, whether in legal practice or otherwise, due to:
• Illness
• Unemployment
• Maternity and Paternity Leave

You are not required to undertake CPD during the CPD year in which the situation applies. You must write to CILEx to request dispensation from the CPD requirements, setting out the reason for the absence and the dates. If you are seeking dispensation due to ill health, you must attach supporting medical evidence to your letter.

You are expected to resume CPD on your return to work and where possible undertake a Return to Work scheme. You will be required to complete the full CPD requirement if you are absent from work for less than six months of the CPD year.

What if I work overseas?

You will be required to complete CPD in the normal way (in accordance with the Regulations), using any methods available to UK members.

What if I can’t meet the 30 September deadline?

You may apply for an extension of time. You must submit your request by 31st August, in writing to CILEx Regulation (cpd@cilexregulation.org.uk), explaining the reasons why you could not meet the deadline and providing an action plan detailing how you will comply by the 31 December.