How to assess, maintain and monitor competence
How to assess, maintain and monitor competence

The following Practice Compliance practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How to assess, maintain and monitor competence
  • The competence statement
  • Competence lifecycle
  • What sort of training can you undertake
  • How much training do you need?
  • Who maintains training records
  • What if I don't need training?
  • Case studies
  • Do I need to change my systems?
  • Additional guidance

The SRA’s continuing competence regime has been mandatory since November 2016, replacing the previous hours-based CPD regime.

The continuing competence regime requires solicitors to reflect on their practice and identify (and then address) their learning and development needs to keep their skills and knowledge up to date. All solicitors must make an annual declaration to the SRA that they have done this. This Practice Note explains what steps you can take to assess, maintain and monitor competence. It reflects:

  1. regulatory requirements—see Practice Note: The competence regime

  2. the SRA Continuing competence toolkit

The competence statement

The SRA competence statement defines the continuing competences the SRA requires of all solicitors (and RELs). It is made up of three parts:

  1. statement of solicitor competence

  2. threshold standard

  3. statement of legal knowledge

See further Practice Note: The competence regime—The competence statement.

Competence lifecycle

The SRA has published an online Continuing competence toolkit, from which it is apparent that you are expected to:

  1. reflect on your practice and identify your learning and development needs

  2. plan to address your identified learning and development needs—you can record this using the SRA's precedent which we have recreated in an editable format, see: SRA Development plan

  3. address your learning and developments needs

  4. record and evaluate your learning and development activity—you can record this using the SRA's precedent which we have also recreated in an editable format, see: SRA Development record

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