This page is relevant to the CPD requirements of CILEX Advanced Paralegals/Legal Accounts Members, CILEX Fellows*/Legal Accounts Executives, CILEx Practitioners*, CILEX Associate Prosecutors. 

The basics

How much CPD do I need to carry out?

9 CPD Outcomes including at least 1 Professionalism Outcome

When is the CPD year?

1 October to 30 September of each year

How much planned CPD should I do?

At least 5 of your CPD Outcomes must come from planned activities.

To help you reflect and plan your CPD, you may find the Reflection and Planning Tool and the Competency Framework useful (all located in the Resource Library).

How should I deal with unplanned CPD activities?

There are situations where you may identify a learning need unexpectedly, for example from a matter where you come across new law or as a result of a ‘critical incident’. This still counts towards your CPD. You should complete the Evaluation of Unplanned Activity Form (located in the Resource Library).

Last minute courses are classed as “planned” activities.

Will you check my records?

Each year a sample of records will be undertaken to ensure compliance with the scheme. A further sample of members will be interviewed about their CPD. If you are selected for sampling, you will be asked to provide any additional documents used to record your CPD. Therefore, we recommend that you keep all records for at least 2 years.

What activities count as CPD?

This is a list of examples that would be accepted.

  • CILEx Law School Updates, course manuals and self-assessment questions
  • Reading articles: Including the CILEx Journal or other reputable sources including the internet
  • Attending a course or seminar
  • Completing a distance learning course
  • In-house training by your employer
  • Training provided by a local CILEx or Law Society branch
  • Academic or professional study
  • Research: Related to legal topics or relevant to your place of work
  • Putting in place new or revised procedures as a result of the research outcomes
  • Producing a dissertation
  • Work shadowing
  • Giving or receiving coaching or mentoring
  • Preparation and delivery of training courses
  • Participation in development of specialist areas of law: By attending meetings of specialist committees/working parties of relevant organisations undertaking such work
  • Writing on Law or Practice: Including material written for journals, law books, publications, newspapers, magazines, internet
  • Reflection on learning you have gained from being involved in a “critical incident”
  • Reflection on learning gained through the experience of new tasks

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