TCPD - FAQs for training providers

Below are the answers to some common questions in relation to trainee continuing professional development (TCPD), what it entails and information on TCPD licences. If you have any questions, please email peat@lawscot.org.uk.

What are the main differences between TCPD and the professional competence course?

An advantage of TCPD is that, unlike the PCC, it can be scheduled flexibly and spread throughout the two-year traineeship. Therefore it doesn't have to take the trainee away from the workplace for a block of days. TCPD can also be tailored to the needs of the individual trainee, unlike the PCC which has core modules which must be completed by the trainee. If a trainee is very able in one area but requires more support in another, TCPD can help address those training needs.

The only compulsory content of TCPD is for all trainees to complete a four-hour mandatory ethics course. TCPD's main purpose is to assist the trainee in achieving the PEAT 2 outcomes, whilst also helping to embed at an early stage the importance of continuing professional development.