CPD accreditation and National Occupational Standards

CPD accreditation

Law Society accreditation

All our courses are Law Society accredited and carry Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours, so are suitable for solicitors (and for anyone who needs to satisfy the requirements in the Legal Services Commission’s Quality Mark). Please quote our provider reference number CPD/KX/CPAG.

Our courses are also approved by the Institute of Legal Executives and the UK College of Family Mediators.

Bar Standards Board accreditation

In order to maintain and enhance the quality of legal services that they offer, barristers need to update and develop specialist areas of knowledge and ensure that their skills are regularly refreshed.

Most of our courses are Bar Standards Board accredited and carry CPD hours.

If you wish to claim CPD hours for Bar Standards Board accreditation, please indicate you wish to claim CPD hours on your booking form, and ensure that you complete the Bar Council register provided when you attend the course.

Charge for CPD accreditation

There is an additional charge of £25 for anyone claiming CPD accreditation from the Law Society or Bar Standards Board. This charge help us recover some of the cost of having our courses accredited by those organisations.

General Social Care Council

Social workers are required to provide evidence of ongoing learning and development to maintain their registration status. We understand from the GSCC guidance that our courses are appropriate for ongoing learning and can be counted. We have had confirmation from the GSCC that social workers may choose to count CPAG courses towards the GSCC requirement to undertake 90 hours or 15 days of training which will advance their professional development over each three year period of registration.

National Occupational Standards

National Occupational Standards (NOS) have been developed for the Legal Advice sector following consultation with those working in the sector. They outline the knowledge and skills needed to deliver advice.

NOS are divided into units. There are units which describe the standards of performance expected of advisers, regardless of any specialist area of law they may be working in (LA Units 1-30). There are also units which describe the knowledge required when working in a particular area, such as welfare rights, or with a particular client group, such as students (LA units 31-62). You can find all NOS, including the legal advice NOS at www.ukstandards.co.uk

Our courses cover the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate meeting the NOS, and we have mapped our courses against the NOS. Under each course we have indicated the most relevant unit which the course relates to. Below we include a key to the units we refer to in this programme.

Detailed descriptions of all units are provided on the Skills for Justice website. We have provided a direct link to the detailed description of each of the units listed below.

NOS Unit

Unit description

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Establish communication with clients

Download LA1


Support clients to make use of the service

Download LA2

Develop and manage communication with clients

Download LA3

Provide and receive referrals on behalf of clients

Download LA10

Influence changes to legislation, policy or practice

Download LA24

 The Provision of Advice to Young People on their Rights under the Law

Download LA36

First Line Mental Health Legal Advice

Download LA37

First Line Money and Debt Legal Advice

Download LA41

Money and Debt Legal Advice and Casework

Download LA42

First Line Employment Legal Advice

Download LA45

First Line Welfare Rights Legal Advice

Download LA49

Welfare Rights Legal Advice and Casework

Download LA50

First Line Health and Community Care Legal Advice

Download LA51

First Line Legal Advice for Students

Download LA53

Legal Advice and casework for Students

Download LA54

First Line Immigration Legal Advice

Download LA57

Immigration Legal Advice and Casework

Download LA58