Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD 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'.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

We define CPD as:

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


CPD Requirements for 2013/16

For a guide to the CPD requirements during 2013 – 16 follow the links below:

Fellows, Associate Prosecutors and Legal Accounts Executives CPD Guide (2013 to 2016),_aps,_legal_accounts.aspx

Graduates and Legal Accounts members CPD Guides (2013 to 2016)

Associates CPD Guide (2013 to 2016)


CPD Requirements for 2013/14

The 2013/14 CPD year will run from 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2014.The Legal Services Board approved the proposed changes to the CILEx CPD scheme on 25 July 2013. There will be a phased implementation of the new CPD scheme, the hours based element of the old scheme will be retained in the 20/1314 CPD year across all grades and will be as follows:

  1. Fellows, Associate Prosecutors and Legal Accounts Executives will need to undertake a minimum of 16 CPD hours;
  2. Graduates and Legal Accounts Members a minimum of 12 CPD hours; and
  3. Associates a minimum of 8 CPD hours.

An Additional professionalism element has been introduced to the requirements for the 2013/14 CPD year. Members in all the aforementioned grades of membership will be required to undertake the professionalism element alongside their hours based requirements. The professionalism element will not be measured in hours but rather in terms of outcomes.

Upgrading during the CPD year

If you have upgraded during the CPD year and you are unsure of your CPD requirements for the 2013/14 CPD year 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 will be 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

One of the changes introduced as part of the new CPD scheme for CILEx members is the requirement to 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

2013/14 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 (from 1 October 2013 until 30 September 2014).The recording system is available through myCILEx on the CILEx website (, a service which hopefully you are familiar with. If you have any problems logging your CPD please contact the membership team by email at or on +44 (0)1234 845777.

2013/14 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 2015. 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 2015 if they have not met their 2013/14 CPD requirements, even where they have paid their subscriptions.

A full guide to 2013/14 CILEx CPD requirements can be found on the current CPD Handbook.

Non Compliance with the 2013 CPD requirements

All 2013 CPD should have been completed and recorded onto your CPD logbook by 30 September 2013.

Where completed CPD logbooks for 2013 have not been received by 30 September 2013, unless an extension has been granted by ILEX Professional Standards, all benefits of membership are suspended with effect from 1 January 2014. This includes the Practising Certificate in the case of Fellows and Associate Prosecutors, even where your subscription payments are up to date.

If you are unable to complete your 2013 CPD by 30 September 2013 or require a dispensation you must contact ILEX Professional Standards (IPS) on (01234) 845770 or at In order for IPS to approve extension requests, details of the circumstances together with a plan detailing how you will look to complete your CPD by the end of the year must be provided. The maximum extension provided will be until 30 December 2013. 

Where outstanding CPD requirements for 2013 have not been met by 1 January 2014, these cases will be reviewed to determine any necessary action to be taken, including disciplinary proceedings.

If you have any queries regarding your CPD requirements email