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 does non-authorised TCPD mean?

The Society took the decision to allow trainees to access TCPD from non-authorised providers as well. This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, there are many private organisations which offer very good CPD which would be of benefit to trainees. It may be that, if these organisations were required by the Law Society to do so, such providers would not wish to come forward for TCPD authorisation. Such examples might include local faculties, advocates stables or other professional bodies (eg ICAS, RICS etc). Secondly, some firms may not be in a position to come forward to be authorised as TCPD providers. That said, the firm may offer update sessions internally. Such sessions could count towards a trainee's non-authorised TCPD.