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 3-31(1)).
If you do not report completion of the CPD by December 31, a late fee of $200 (plus tax) applies (Rule 3-31(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 3-32).
Who can apply for approval of a course?
- Lawyers can log in to the Member Portal 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.