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Are you meeting your legal CPD requirements?

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Kerrie-Anne Chinn, Content & Editorial Manager
2018-03-19

For lawyers and legal professionals, the CPD deadline is fast approaching. Have you made sure you’re meeting your legal CPD requirements?

CPD, or Continuing Professional Development, is an important aspect of working in the legal industry. Developing your skills, and keeping your knowledge relevant and up-to-date, is vital for your clients, as well as your career.

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For lawyers, this means making a commitment to continual learning and development within their field.

As you’re most likely aware, the legal CPD year runs from 1 April to 31 March. So now is the time to check that you’ve completed your 10 required units this year!

We’ve put together some information to help you understand more about legal CPD and how Go1 can help you meet your learning requirements.

What You Need to Know About Legal CPD

CPD is compulsory for all employees of legal and professional service firms in Australia.

Regardless of whether you’re just starting out in the industry or are an established partner or owner of a firm, all members must complete the mandatory minimum of CPD hours. This also applies to individuals working on a part-time basis.

By meeting your CPD requirements, you’re showing your clients, employer and colleagues that you’re committed to continual professional development. You’ll be proving that you’re up-to-date with legislative changes and practices within the industry, which is essential to your career.

Meeting Your CPD Requirements

There are multiple ways you can meet your CPD requirements.

The rules around continuing professional development vary from state to state in Australia, so we do advise you to check the detailed rules for your state or territory.

However, all jurisdictions have in common that 10 units per year is the minimum compulsory requirement, with additional units required in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland for Accredited Specialists.

In general, a unit will generally equate to one hour of live or on-demand activity, in the way of seminars, conferences, webinars, webcasts, or podcasts.

Within your ten units at least one unit from each of the following compulsory fields must be included:

  1. Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  2. Practice Management and Business skills
  3. Professional Skills
  4. Substantive Law

Legal CPD Training – Online

These days, we’re lucky to have the convenience of online learning, which offers legal professionals a far more convenient way to carry out their mandatory CPD training.

With the right eLearning courses, lawyers and legal professionals can achieve their Australian CPD requirements, while also keeping up-to-date with the latest legal updates and market shifts.

To show you what’s out there in the way of online learning, we’ve compiled 5 of the best CPD eLearning courses for the legal industry – take a look and see!

There’s no need to worry about these online courses containing old or outdated information. One of the best things about eLearning courses is that they are easy to edit and refresh – so you’ll always be getting only the most factual and up-to-date information.

Why Choose Go1 for Your Legal CPD Training?

Go1 has your CPD needs covered, with a diverse range of continued learning education and development options at affordable prices.

With our online training platform, you can reduce the hassles associated with finding and registering for 10 CPD units before 31 March.

Through online courses supplied by our trusted providers, you can quickly and easily find and book the units that best suit your requirements. Our providers offer a variety of new activities and areas of law, plus the conferences and seminars you’ve come to expect.

The units are developed and produced by legal education experts, providing you with extensive education and insights into the future of the legal profession.

Go1’s range of CPD options provides you with a simple, one-stop shop, for all your CPD requirements. Take a look through the units available and register today to complete your remaining legal CPD requirements.

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