CPD Requirements for Tasmanian Lawyers
Tasmanian lawyers can earn 1 CPD unit per hour and up to 5 CPD units each year by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.
CPD Rules for Tasmanian Lawyers
The Law Society of Tasmania introduced a mandatory continuing legal education scheme for Tasmanian practitioners which commenced on 1 April 2012. Complying with the requirements of the continuing legal education scheme is a mandatory condition for the renewal of a practicing certificate pursuant to section 56 of the Legal Profession Act 2007 (TAS).
Recognised CPD Activities
Under the Law Society of Tasmania’s Continuing Professional Development Scheme (Practice Guideline No. 4), a legal CPD activity is defined in clause 2.4 and includes:
- attending or preparing material for a seminar, workshop or conference;
- completing a course at a tertiary institution relevant to law or legal practice;
- viewing or listening to, or preparing material for, a multi-media or web-based program or recorded material;
- publishing or editing an article in a legal or non-legal publication; or
- attending or preparing material for a seminar, workshop, conference or discussion group conducted within a legal practice.
LawCPD’s online CPD courses meet the requirements set out in clause 2.4(c) of the Law Society of Tasmania legal CPD Scheme, as a multi-media or web-based program. This means that Tasmanian practitioners can earn 1 legal CPD unit per hour and up to 5 legal CPD units annually by completing LawCPD’s online CPD courses.
In March 2020, the Tasmanian Law Society announced that it would lift the cap on online activities, including multimedia or web-based programs. This means that Tasmanian practitioners can claim an unlimited number of CPD units for completing LawCPD’s online courses for the 2019/2020 CPD year.
Annual CPD Requirements
According to the Law Society of Tasmania legal CPD scheme, practitioners must earn 10 CPD units in a CPD year. Prior to March 2020, the CPD year ran from 1 April to 31 March annually. In March 2020 the Law Society of Tasmania amended the CPD scheme to change the CPD year to 1 May to 30 April each year.
LawCPD has classified all of its online CPD courses into the different mandatory competency areas to assist with compliance.
Record Keeping and Auditing
Will I get audited?
Under the Law Society of Tasmania's continuing legal education scheme, the Law Society may conduct an annual random audit of practitioners’ legal CPD records to monitor compliance with the continuing legal education scheme (see clause 5.2). This means it is important for practitioners to keep a record of their completed legal CPD for audit purposes.
For full details of the Law Society of Tasmania’s continuing legal education scheme and the CLE requirements for Tasmanian practitioners, visit the TAS Law Society website.
How does LawCPD help me with my compliance?
LawCPD provides practitioners with a personalised page (MyCPD) which tracks all their learning in real time and provides a record of all legal CPD units earned through LawCPD. Practitioners can print a copy of this page and provide it to the Law Society of Tasmania in the event that they are audited for compliance with the continuing legal education scheme.
LawCPD also provides printable certificates for each online legal CPD course completed which can be downloaded from the MyCPD page. These certificates may also be provided to prove compliance with the CPD scheme if the practitioner is audited by the Law Society of Tasmania.
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