Starting a traineeship soon

If you are starting a traineeship soon, it is vital that you know when to apply for your entrance certificate, and when to complete your training contract. It is also important to know the position in relation to trainee salaries.

This page provides information in relation to entrance certificates, which all trainees need to have prior to starting their traineeship. In addition, this section provides information relating to the fit and proper persons test and FAQs relating to the traineeship.

Information in relation to when to complete your training contract can be found in the During your traineeship section.

Entrance certificate

An entrance certificate is the certificate issued by the Society which certifies that an individual is a fit and proper person to enter into a traineeship.

Application forms for an entrance certificate must be submitted to the Society at least four weeks before the start date of your traineeship. Whilst four weeks is the minimum time required between the submission of your application form and the start of your training, we strongly recommend submitting it significantly before this, to reduce any possible problems or delays.

In addition to the entrance certificate application form you will require the following additional documents to accompany your application for an entrance certificate.

  • A completed Disclosure Scotland application form (available by emailing
  • Photocopies of three forms of identification, at least one of which must be photo ID.
  • A photocopy of your LL.B certificate.
  • A photocopy of your official LL.B academic transcript.
  • A recent passport sized photo
  • A photocopy of your birth certificate.

Applications received without the correct accompanying documents will be returned to the applicant.

Guidance for completing the Disclosure Scotland application form can be found here.

Please note that you do not have to have a traineeship in order to apply for an Entrance Certificate. Anyone looking for a traineeship should apply as soon as they can.

Find out more about the entrance certificate by visiting the entrance certificate and traineeship FAQs section.

Entrance Certificate Application Form

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