Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The Law Society requires that, each calendar year, all practising BC lawyers complete and report completion online of at least 12 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) in accredited educational activities.
At least two of the 12 hours must pertain to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, or practice management.
If you do not complete the CPD by December 31, a late fee of $500 (plus tax applies) (Rule 3-18.4(1)).
If you do not report completion of the CPD by December 31, a late fee of $200 (plus tax) applies (Rule 3-18.4(3)).
If you do not complete and report completion by April 1 of the following year, you will be suspended until all required professional development is completed. Lawyers receive 60 days prior notice of the suspension (Rule 18.5).
Find out more about approved learning activities (courses, study groups, section meetings, teaching, writing and mentoring).
Log in to record credits.
Who can apply for approval of a course?
- Lawyers can log in and apply for approval of a course before or after they attend it
- Education providers can become a CPD Provider and apply for approval of courses
Exemptions and reductions
- New lawyers who have completed the bar admission program of a Canadian law society during the reporting year are exempt from the requirements for that year
- Lawyers with a current practising certificate who submit a declaration that they are not practising law may obtain an exemption or reduction from the CPD requirements.
- Lawyers who have been exempt during the reporting year, but who resume practising law within the reporting year, must complete one credit hour for each full or partial calendar month in the practice of law, including 10 minutes of ethics per one credit.
- No exemption is available for being too busy, such as having a long trial.
- No exemption is available on the basis that you practise law outside of BC.
Carryover of extra credits
You are not entitled to carry over to the next year any CPD credits.
Changes to the program for 2012
For changes to the program effective January 1, 2012, see Changes to Continuing Professional Development for 2012.
For more information
For more information, contact Member Services at 604.605.5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org.