Frequently Asked Questions
- What is MCLE?
- What is CPD?
- How are MCLE/CPD units calculated?
- What comprises acceptable MCLE/CPD?
- Will this conference, seminar or course be offered again?
- Do CPD courses lead to further qualifications?
- How can payment be made?
What is MCLE?
MCLE is the acronym for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. In New South Wales all practising solicitors are required to complete ten (10) units of MCLE per annum. The MCLE year runs from 1 April 1 to 31 March the following year. The Law Society of NSW requires solicitors to maintain a record of their MCLE activities. An MCLE audit is conducted each year and practitioners may be required to submit details of their MCLE activities to establish proof of compliance with the Rules.
What is CPD?
CPD is the acronym for Continuing Professional Development. In New South Wales all practising barristers are required to accrue ten points each practising certificate year. The period for accumulating CPD points commences on 1 July each year and ends on 30 June the following year. Barristers are required to keep their own record of CPD activity. They will be required to affirm compliance with CPD on applying for a practising certificate.
How are MCLE/CPD units calculated?
One unit/one point is achieved for each hour of face-to-face contact in lectures or class participation. In addition both the Law Society of New South Wales and the New South Wales Bar Association will approve a small proportion of content accessed remotely (such as podcasts, webinars etc) as acceptable for part of the requirement.
(Lawyers and Barristers should check their individual organisational requirements in respect to this and other components).
What comprises acceptable MCLE/CPD?
If a particular educational activity is relevant to the immediate or long term needs of the individual practitioner in relation to their professional development and practice of the law then that educational activity can be deemed to satisfy this requirement.
Will this conference, seminar or course be offered again?
- In general, seminars are offered once only, however some may be offered more regularly, such as the Employment Relations and the Law Seminar Series or the annual ACCEL Conference.
- Most Postgraduate Units are offered on a regular basis, although this could be just once per annum or once every two or three years.
Do CPD courses lead to further qualifications?
No. However, 'Certificates of Attendance' are issued to participants in some annual seminar series', such as Employment Relations and the Law and the ACCEL Seminar Series.
How can I register and pay?
Registration and payment is conducted online - just follow the link in the event advertisement. Online payment is via credit card, however for many events you can elect to 'pay later' via cheque if you do not have access to a credit card.