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

What is the ethics course and where can I do it?

All trainees must complete a four-hour mandatory ethics course as part of their minimum 60 hours of TCPD. The four-hour mandatory ethics course counts towards the minimum 40 hours as it must come from an authorised provider.

The mandatory ethics course provides training on areas such as conflict of interest, confidentiality and anti-money laundering. It must be completed between months nine and 15 of a traineeship.

You can only complete the ethics course through any of the Law Society authorised providers. For information on providers authorised to deliver the course, please see the authorised providers section of the website.