In step with many professional associations and regulators, many bodies in the legal sector have changed their approach to CPD by asking legal professionals to comply with their professional duties through demonstrating they meet specific professional competencies.
In contrast, professionals are now expected to declare they’re complying with their professional code and evidence their CPD in the form of outputs, e.g. what they’ve learnt from the training they’ve done, not how long it took them. The new approach lacks the simplicity of a points system where it was relatively easy to know whether you were meeting your compliance obligations in the present.
However, the quid pro quo is that this change gives professionals an opportunity to rethink their approach to learning so it is focused on their future goals, rather than simply their current duties. Planning learning in this way can make you more strategic and future-focused by challenging you to think through what you need to learn to achieve your professional goals.