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CPD Reforms for OISC Advisers, Solicitors & Barristers

What does it include?

With the new CPD scheme introduced for solicitors, barristers and OISC advisers, HJT would like to help you to meet your training needs. Fixed CPD hour targets are GONE! The old system is REPLACED by a strict process ASSESSING AND ASSURING your firm’s training regime. So the responsibility is now on the managers of firms to ensure they have ROBUST systems in place.

Here is what you need to know:


The OISC has introduced major changes to CPD and will take effect from July 2016.
Important changes to note:

-No set number of hours of training

-No requirement to record training to the OISC

-Training may be provided by anyone in any format

-OISCs free online training will be closed from September 2016

Regulated organisations will still need to demonstrate to the OISC that they have considered each registered person’s CPD requirements and that the outcome from the learning has been effective in them being able to maintain their competence in the areas they have been authorised to work in. This will be monitored through the OISC’s premises audits and spot checks.
New CPD rules have been in force since April 2015. The new scheme is mandatory from 1 November 2016. The new system requires more planning, you may no longer sit through 16 hours of training and meet requirements, you will now be required to sit and plan your training needs. You may read about what the SRA expect from you here
From 1st January 2017 CPD will change. The summary on the BSB website the changes are as follows:

-You will no longer have to complete a minimum number of hours;

-You now have individual responsibility for what training you require;

-There is no longer a requirement to complete accredited hours;

-You have increased flexibility in the types of CPD activities that you can complete;

-We will assess whether you have planned and completed your CPD in a structured way;

-Assessments of current CPD compliance will be made by taking into account your CPD activity in previous years; and

-The role of our supervision team in setting Corrective Action for non-compliance has been formalized. This means that the focus on the regulation of CPD will not be on disciplinary action but on ensuring that you comply with the CPD requirements.

HJT can help you

We suggest you plan so you do not get caught out. You should set aside some time to plan your training needs and what you will do to meet the requirements. These may include:

-A subscription service (7 DAY FREE TRIAL) which is a guide to Immigration law, including all topics on EU, PBS, Human Rights, application process, deportation and many more, found here.

-Refreshing knowledge on different areas of the law with our range of our bitesize online training

-Keeping yourself up to date with the law buy attend our face-to-face courses, found here.

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