TCPD - providers

Trainee continuing professional development (TCPD) is structured learning undertaken over and above your trainee's office commitments, with a view to such learning assisting their achievement of the PEAT 2 outcomes

Over the course of a traineeship, a trainee is required to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of TCPD. The points below outline what a trainee must do over the course of the traineeship. To find out more about any element of the TCPD please visit the frequently asked questions page.

  • A minimum of 40 hours of the minimum 60 hours must come from an authorised provider (where the trainee undertakes TCPD through a Law Society approved TCPD provider).
  • Between months nine and 15 of a traineeship, a trainees is required to undertake the mandatory ethics course. This is the only mandatory element of TCPD and must be of at least four hours' training and come from an authorised provider.
  • 20 hours can come from a non-authorised provider, which can include local faculties, new lawyer events and seminars and internal training (not necessarily specific to trainees).
  • The Society would expect that a minimum of 30 hours of TCPD should normally have been undertaken by month 15 of the traineeship but this is not a requirement.

It is possible for firms and organisations to offer TCPD to their own and/or other trainees. However, a relevant licence is required. A separate licence is needed to offer the mandatory ethics course. Futher information can be found in the TCPD FAQs for training providers section of the website.  

To aid transition, the professional competence course can be deemed to be TCPD until 31 August 2013.

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