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by Legal Training - Thursday, 26 March 2015, 11:43 AM

This is just a quick blog post to highlight how our online accredited CPD courses can be helpful to practitioners completing OISC CPD.

The OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) sets out the requirements of their CPD scheme in this document (click to download PDF).

All OISC regulated advisers have to complete CPD in accordance with this scheme, unless they are members of another regulated body with a current practising certificate (excluding CILEx) or fall into one of the other exemptions.

The OISC CPD year runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.

The current regulations set out what CPD is required:

Level 1 8 hours 6 core knowledge 2 non core knowledge

Level 2

12 hours 9 core knowledge 3 non core knowledge
Level 3 16 hours 12 core knowledge 4 non core knowledge

Core knowledge refers to knowledge specifically related to UK and EEA immigration and asylum law.

Non-core knowledge refers to professional development, management skills and personal skills (such as computer skills, administration, communication). Also immigration and asylum law of other nations and other speciality knowledge required by the adviser's organisation (such as welfare benefits)

Whilst we don't currently offer any Core knowledge CPD, you will find that many of our courses are particularly helpful in completing your non core knowledge CPD. Highlights include some of our General CPD courses which cover issues of mental capacity and disability awareness, as well as some of our subject specific courses.

LegalTraining is a professional training organisation accredited by the Bar Standards Board (reference 1068) and suitable for SRA and CILEx CPD. Therefore our online CPD is suitable for OISC CPD non core hours. All of our courses have a completion certificate upon successful completion of the course, which is sufficient proof for the OISC CPD scheme.

If we can help with anything in particular, please do get in touch: help@legaltraining.co.uk.

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Whilst we await the SRA’s publication of the competence statement and guidance this Spring, we have been receiving enquiries from our customers about what CPD they should be doing. Current advice from the SRA can be found here. We hope that this quick summary helps.

Do I need to do CPD?

Very simply YES! Whichever scheme you are following, you still need to undertake CPD.

If you are continuing under the existing CPD arrangements, then you need to complete 16 hours of CPD in the 2014/2015 CPD year (to 31st October 2015) and in the 2015/2016 CPD year.

If you are adopting the “new approach” from 1st April 2015 then you need to await the toolkit in Spring 2015 for more information, but you should of course be doing CPD training throughout the year to ensure your continuing competence.

How many hours of CPD do I need to do in the 2014/2015 CPD year?

Existing arrangements - at least 16 hours.

However, the SRA have removed the concept of accredited training, so you can do any courses. You will find that our easy to use, online courses are a straightforward and informative way to complete your 16 hours this year.

New approach: there is no minimum number of CPD hours specified.

Instead you must consider your learning and development needs and take measures to maintain your competence. you will need to complete a declaration as part of the practising certificate renewal exercise, confirming that you have considered your training needs.

Important things to check if you are following the new approach:

  • Professional indemnity insurance policy or speak to your insurer. What do they expect or require from you in relation to training, in order to ensure that you have maintained an appropriate level of competence?

  • Law Society Panel membership/membership of professional organisations. Do they have a requirement as to ongoing training, minimum requirements, training in particular areas of practice? Ensure that you are meeting those requirements when you plan your learning and development needs.

 

Our BSB CPD Provider ID number is 1068.

As an accredited CPD provider, we can self-accredit our courses. All of our currently available courses (with the exception of the 2015 Conveyancing Update) are accredited for barristers under the 2015 BSB CPD scheme.

You can find a list of our accredited CPD courses listed in the BSB's database (under the heading "Online Courses"). 

All barristers will find this provider number on their completion certificates, for courses completed since 1st January 2015.

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by Legal Training - Thursday, 1 January 2015, 5:36 PM

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by Legal Training - Tuesday, 23 December 2014, 12:01 AM

Our courses are available all day every day, throughout the year, including over the festive period.

Barristers needing to complete their CPD hours by midnight on 31st December 2014 can do so simply with our online courses.

If you need to contact us for whatever reason, then our festive opening hours for 2014 are available in the box below:

E-mail: help@legaltraining.co.uk

Telephone: 0207 5588247

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by Legal Training - Thursday, 6 November 2014, 11:24 AM

So the 2013/2014 CPD year is well and truly over for solicitors and they now enter the brave new world of...well, what exactly is the new scheme for solicitors?

You would be forgiven for not being entirely clear about the new rules, particularly as the new scheme is not actually going to be launched until Spring 2015 (halfway through the CPD year).Confused

Suffice it to say, there are some headlines:

  • No more accreditation from 1st November 2014 - the SRA will cease to recognise accredited training,  no more accredited courses, no more confusion about the 25%/75% split of hours for solicitors or CPD providers.
  • Solicitors can continue with the existing CPD regime, by completing at least 16 hours of CPD for the next 2 CPD years (2014/2015 & 2015/2016) if they wish.
  • Solicitors can choose to adopt the "new approach" before 31st October 2015, before 31st October 2016 or when the new approach is universal on 1st November 2016, but reading the SRA documentation, they can't do this before 1st April 2015.
  • In Spring 2015 the SRA will launch a toolkit to help solicitors.

What about the CPD from www.legaltraining.co.uk?

  • As the SRA has abandoned any kind of accreditation or authorisation, we will no longer be authorised to provide CPD by the SRA (nor will anyone else).
  • We remain accredited by both the Bar Standards Board and Council for Licensed Conveyancers for their respective CPD schemes.
  • As we continue to be accredited by 2 regulators, and were authorised distance learning providers by the SRA for 7 years until they abandoned their scheme, you can undertake your CPD with confidence that we are offering suitable CPD training.
  • We will continue to offer interesting, flexible and affordable online CPD training.
  • For solicitors continuing with the existing scheme, without the 25%/75% rule, they should be able to complete 16 hours of CPD with us if they wish in both 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.
  • We will continue to offer a 25% discount on our prices for purchases of 12 hours or more of training.
  • For solicitors adopting the "new approach", you will find that our courses will meet many of your "learning and development needs", both in the sense of providing substantive law updates and guides to particular areas of law, and also providing you with skills that are important for your continuing competence and ensuring a proper standard of service for your clients, such as our IT skills courses, Complaints Handling and Autism Awareness courses.

The best summary of the new scheme for solicitors from 2014/2015 can be found here on the SRA website.

Undoubtedly more information will be available next year.

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by Legal Training - Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 1:47 PM

With the leaves swirling off the trees in this breezier than normal week it is finally starting to feel a bit autumnal. Thoughts turn to the end of CPD year for solicitors on the 31st October. There is still time to finish off those last few CPD hours before the deadline (remembering that the SRA rules don't change until the 2014/2015 CPD year - so you still need to complete your CPD hours as normal).End of Year Our online CPD is perfect for these busy times when you have to fit in completing your CPD around all of the other work that you are doing. Our flexible training allows you to start and stop as you wish, to do the training at a time that suits you and at a pace that fits with your other commitments. We are an accredited distance learning provider by the SRA (as well as the Bar Standards Board and Council for Licensed Conveyancers and suitable for CILEx CPD) and our courses can be used for the 12 hours of non-face to face training.

We hope that you will find our selection of courses of interest, with lots of new arrivals to tempt you:

Why not get started now?

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by Legal Training - Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 2:34 PM

Solicitors are no doubt aware by now that the CPD rules are about to change. Not yet though - the normal rules (16 hours a year etc) continue to apply until the end of this 2013/2014 CPD year on the 31st October. So you still need to complete those 16 required hours for this CPD year.

The SRA in a series of announcements last month have advised solicitors that they intend to remove the concept of accreditation for CPD and to remove the minimum number of CPD hours. www.sra.org.uk/sra/news/press/sra-board-announces-new-approach-to-ensure-solicitors-remain-competent.page

This doesn't mean the end of CPD though, far from it in fact. But it does mean a different approach. The SRA plans to introduce a toolkit to help solicitors and firms to plan their training needs under the new regime.

Rather bizarrely the transition period for this new CPD scheme commences in February 2015 (so 4 months into the 2014/2015 CPD year) with an extended period for moving to the new system. The aim is to have the new system wholly in place from November 2016. Solicitors will be required to submit an annual declaration that they have met their CPD needs, and there will be a new Solicitors' Competence Statement. Guidance from the SRA looks to be coming out in spring 2015.

So, for solicitors now, you must complete your 16 hours of CPD for 2013/2014 by 31st October 2014. From that point on, the SRA will no longer accredit CPD providers (we have been accredited since 2008), and the concept of accredited CPD points will disappear.

As the SRA said recently in an email to CPD providers:

"Subject to the approval of the Legal Services Board, we will therefore be making the following regulatory changes:-

 From Spring 2015:-

    • ·         removing the obligation for individual Solicitors to complete 25% of their annual 16 hours CPD requirement through accredited training;
    • ·         removing the defined terms " authorised CPD provider" and "authorised distance learning provider" from our regulations;
    • ·         permitting alternative methods to comply with the current 16 hours CPD requirement;

From 1 November 2016:-

    • ·         removing all remaining requirements under the CPD regulations

We await the transitional provisions with interest, but CPD is very much here to stay, albeit in a different way. We hope that you find our online CPD continues to meet your training needs.

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by Legal Training - Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 2:45 PM

We are delighted to introduce a new course category to you this summer. Our first Employment Law course comes from academic Kathy Daniels with an Employment Law Update. A straightforward 2 hour CPD course to bring you up to date with the latest changes in this area of law, in our easy to use online format. At just £32 + VAT this course will help you keep abreast of recent changes and look forward to what is to come in Employment law. 

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the provisions of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 relating to employment

  • Explain the ‘employee-shareholder’ status set out in the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013

  • Outline the changes to TUPE legislation made by the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment )(Amendment) Regulations 2013

  • Explain the changes to be made to family friendly legislation by the Children and Families Act 2014

  • Understand the changes made by the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013

Our multi-buy discount is available if you purchase 12 hours or more of CPD, reducing the cost by 25%, meaning that you could purchase this course for just £24 + VAT.

Do let us know what you think of the new course - using our feedback questionnaires, or review the course for us.

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by Legal Training - Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 12:28 PM

Our expert property course author Richard Quenby has been busy writing more courses, and we have 3 more property courses for spring 2014.

This April we are delighted to be able to offer you 3 brand new property course subjects:

We have a great range of property courses available, covering CPD topics for the property specialist, conveyancer and other legal practitioners with an overlapping interest in property law. In addition to the 2014 Updates in all of your favourite property topics (Conveyancing, Residential Landlord & Tenant, Commercial Landlord & Tenant), Richard has updated the Neighbour and Boundary Dispute Guides with the latest law for 2014. Earlier this year we launched the 1 CPD hour course Guide to Co-ownership & the Rights of Cohabitants and the 2 CPD hour course Guide to Problems with Property Contracts.

Our prices remain at last year's great value rate of just £16 + VAT per CPD hour, and our discount offer reduces the price by 25%, bringing it down to just £12 + VAT - a price that's hard to beat for such flexible training.

Search our property courses here.

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