Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

STUDENTSCPD was introduced in line with the best practices of professional bodies. It accords with the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee's report which concluded that ' the public interest requires greater commitment by the legal profession as a whole to regular CPD throughout the career of every lawyer'. CPD is often referred to as 'lifelong learning'.

CPD is necessary:

‘To maintain, improve and extend the skills and qualities necessary for the proper performance of professional and legal duties and compliance required by CILEx Regulation, to ensure confidence in the professionalism and competence of CILEx members.’

CPD Requirements for 2014/16

For a guide to the CPD requirements during 2014 – 16 follow the links below:

Fellows, Associate Prosecutors and Legal Accounts Executives CPD Guide (2014 to 2016)

Graduates and Legal Accounts members CPD Guides (2014 to 2016)

Associates CPD Guide (2014 onwards)

CPD Requirements for 2015/16

The 2015/16 CPD year will run from 1 October 2015 to 30 September 2016. A new CPD scheme was approved by the Legal Services Board on 25 July 2013. Phased implementation of the new CPD scheme is as follows for 2015/16:

1. Fellows, Associate Prosecutors and Legal Accounts Executives will need to undertake CPD that leads to 9 CPD entries;

2. Graduates and Legal Accounts Members will need to undertake CPD that leads to 9 CPD entries; and

3. Associates a minimum of 8 CPD hours.

An Additional professionalism element has been introduced to the requirements for all Members. The professionalism element will not be measured in hours but in terms of outcomes.

Upgrading during the CPD year

If you have upgraded your membership during the CPD year and you are unsure of your CPD you will find more information on this link


The Professionalism module will be outcomes focused enabling you to become accustomed to the new outcomes based approach to CPD. Using the CPD cycle, you will be expected to reflect, plan, act and evaluate your professionalism CPD – a document is provided to guide you through this process.

For the purposes of fulfilling the CPD requirement in professionalism, learning something new, or refreshing or developing your knowledge or skills, in one of the following areas, will count as your CPD:

Refreshing your knowledge and understanding of professional ethics, including the Code of Conduct

Improving knowledge of the primary business in which your clients work (business awareness)

  • Developing an understanding of the issues which may affect your clients (social awareness)
  • Developing your client communication skills
  • Improving your skills in dealing with challenging clients
  • Refreshing your knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues
  • Improving your time management skills

Returners to Work Scheme

You must undertake a Returners to Work course within 2 months of returning to work if you have been absent from work for an extended period of time and, during that absence, you have benefitted from a dispensation from the CPD requirements. You will find more information on this link.

CPD Online Recording

All members required to submit CPD should note that CILEx has an online system for recording your CPD activities. This is only available for recording CPD undertaken in the current CPD year (you must enter your CPD records on ‘my CILEx’ by 30 September).The recording system is available through myCILEx on the CILEx website (www.cilex.org.uk), a service which hopefully you are familiar with. If you have any problems logging your CPD please contact the membership team by email at membership@cilex.org.uk or on +44 (0)1234 845777.

CPD Non-Compliance

Failure to submit your required CPD hours will result in a loss of any benefits attached to your membership status with effect from 1 January 2017. For Chartered Legal Executives and Legal Accounts Fellows this means you will lose your designatory letters, your right to act as a Commissioner for Oaths and your right to exercise any other rights attached to your membership, such as rights of audience.

Chartered Legal Executives and Associate Prosecutors will not receive a Practising Certificate for 2017 if they have not met their 2015/16 CPD requirements, even where they have paid their subscriptions.

A full guide to CILEx CPD requirements can be found on the current CPD Handbook.