Recording CPD Hours

The Law Society’s CPD program is an online self-reporting system.

Lawyers log in at the member portal on the Law Society website and click on a link to the CPD program, where they are shown their individual credits obtained to date in the calendar year, as well as step-by-step instructions for recording new credits. After completing an accredited course or other accredited learning activity, lawyers should add it to their record.

The CPD requirement is based on the calendar year, and lawyers must complete the requirement by December 31 each year. 

Commencing January 2019, the Law Society has introduced a carry-over model where lawyers are permitted to carry over up to six CPD credits from one year to the next. The two-hour ethics and practice management CPD requirement cannot be carried over to the following year.

Lawyers must keep their own record of the number of hours of professional responsibility and ethics and practice management they complete, and when they have completed at least two hours, should reply "yes" to the specific question in their online CPD report. Lawyers are notified electronically of the approaching calendar deadline and, if the deadline is not met, are given an automatic extension to April 1 of the following year to complete the necessary requirement, in which case a late fee will be charged.