Continuing competence is here: Four practical steps to take now

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3 November 2016

Vinciworks200The SRA’s new approach to continuing competence came into effect Nov 1.

Under the SRA’s new approach to CPD, solicitors are no longer required to record 16 CPD hours. They are now required to:

  • Reflect on their practice to identify learning and development needs
  • Plan how to address those needs and knowledge gaps
  • Record and evaluate those activities

According to our research, only 25% of firms have implemented the changes to CPD. If your firm has not begun the transition, you should expect a time-consuming and complex process. Confused where to begin? Below are four practical steps you can take to prepare your firm for the changes to CPD.

1. Train your staff on CPD changes

Explaining the new regulations to staff has emerged as one of the key challenges of continuing competence. VinciWorks has created a 10-minute course that teaches solicitors everything they need to know about the SRA’s new approach to CPD.

Preview the 10-minute course

In addition, VinciWorks interviewed SRA policies experts and produced a list of frequently asked questions on continuing competence.

2. Become experts

VinciWorks has published an hour-long webinar for compliance officers and L&D staff. It takes a deep dive into the regulation, reviews SRA guidance and presents best-practice case studies.

Director of Best Practice, Gary Yantin is also available for half-day workshops to prepare solicitors for continuing competence in person. The workshop guides them through creating a learning plan. Learn more.

Watch the webinar

3. Record your learning

The The Continuing Competence Module is the first compliance solution designed specifically for the SRA’s new approach to CPD. It guides solicitors through the reflective learning process and enables them to keep their learning record organised and up-to-date. Sign up for free

4. Monitor compliance

The VinciWorks Compliance Learning Management System enables administrators to monitor and track compliance with continuing competence. The dashboard provides a holistic view of solicitors’ learning plans and progress. See Demo

5. Talk to us

VinciWorks has already helped tens of firms transition to the new regime. We are in close contact with the SRA and have developed a toolkit for adopting the new approach. To learn more about our consulting services call us at 0208 815 9308 or email us at


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