CPD Rules and Requirements

CPD Rules

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Rules for Victorian (and NSW) Solicitors

If you are a solicitor in Victoria or New South Wales, your CPD Rules are prescribed under the Legal Profession Uniform Law 2015.

Leo Cussen Centre for Law cannot assume responsibility for solicitors’ CPD obligations. We have prepared a simple summary of the CPD Requirements below, but we encourage all solicitors to read the CPD Rules in their entirety.

If you require further explanation of the CPD Rules, you should contact the Victorian Legal Services Board.

 

CPD Requirements

Continuing Professional Development requirements for solicitors in Victoria and New South Wales are prescribed in the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Solicitors) Rules 2015 (CPD Rules 2015).

Solicitors, unless exempted, must complete at least 10 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units during a CPD year (1 April – 31 March).

Applicable CPD units are identified at purchase for all Leo Cussen programs and products.

In each CPD year, solicitors must also complete at least one (1) CPD unit in the following four fields:

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Professional Skills
  • Substantive Law
  • Practice Management and Business Skills

CPD Activities for Practitioners

For Leo Cussen programs and audio/visual material, a CPD unit typically equals one hour. However, please refer to the following table and to the CPD Rules. The table is indicative only and solicitors should refer to the CPD Rules for complete explanation of CPD Requirements.

CPD Activity Format

Seminars, Workshops, Conferences, Intensives

1 CPD unit equals

1 hour

Maximum units claimable within CPD year

10 (but an additional 3 can be carried over into the next CPD year)

CPD Activity Format

Private study of relevant audio/visual material (private study in itself is not claimable)

1 CPD unit equals

1 hour

Maximum units claimable within CPD year

5 units only

CPD Activity Format

Presentation/preparation of CPD activities

1 CPD unit equals

1 hour

Maximum units claimable within CPD year

5 units only

CPD Activity Format

Research, preparation or editing of legal article

1 CPD unit equals

1000 words

Maximum units claimable within CPD year

5 units only

CPD Activity Format

Membership of law committee, taskforce or practice section

1 CPD unit equals

2 hours

Maximum units claimable within CPD year

3 units only

CPD Activity Format

Legal practice postgraduate study (not applicable to pre-admission study such as Practical Legal Training or Supervised Legal Training)

1 CPD unit equals

1 hour

Maximum units claimable within CPD year

10

Record-keeping, Evidence and Verification

It is a requirement for a solicitor to maintain records and evidence of their own CPD activities for three years. Verification of records and evidence is the responsibility of the solicitor. Refer to the CPD Rules for further explanation.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss ways in which Leo Cussen Centre for Law can assist you with your CPD requirements, please contact our Continuing Professional Development Department by email: enquiries@leocussen.edu.au or phone: (03) 9602 3111.