In order to practise at the Bar of England and Wales, barristers
must have a current Practising Certificate.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
All barristers are required to complete CPD hours and maintain
their record cards. Barristers no longer have to return their CPD
cards to the BSB, however the BSB will conduct random spot-checks
of barristers' CPD records cards.
In the first three years' of practice, newly qualified
practitioners are required to complete 45 hours of CPD, including
at least nine hours of Advocacy Training and three hours of
Ethics (the "New Practitioners' Programme"). After the first three
years of practice, barristers are required to undertake 12 hours of
CPD each year (the "Established Practitioners' Programme").