Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the work undertaken by barristers to develop their skills, knowledge and professional standards. All barristers are required to undertake CPD in accordance with the BSB’s CPD Scheme. Barristers are no longer required to undertake a minimum number of CPD hours annually, nor is there a requirement to undertake ‘accredited’ CPD courses.

The CPD rules are contained in Part 4 of the BSB Handbook. During their first three full years in practice, barristers must comply with the CPD rules within the New Practitioner Programme (NPP) after which they will move onto the Established Practitioner Program (EPP).


How can the ICCA assist with CPD and other Post-Qualification Training?

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) is the education and training division of The Council of the Inns of Court. We provide high-quality educational and training materials for Bar students, to pupils, to practising barristers at all levels of seniority and sometimes to other legal professionals, nationally, pan-profession and on an international scale.

We also hold specialist training events for Pupil Supervisors, the handling of expert witnesses in financial and medico-legal cases and Advanced Criminal Advocacy sessions. For more details, please contact


The ICCA approach to Teaching and Learning

The ICCA has a Teaching and Learning Strategy where we set out that we will:

  • Provide opportunities for professional development for all members of the Bar while building a culture of collegiality.
  • Develop and deliver a curriculum which responds to changing demands, enabling students and practitioners to meet career objectives.
  • Foster a culture of reflective practice enabling students and practitioners to meet expectations of professional competency.

Please click on the links below to find out more about our training resources and materials.

Advocacy Training

The ICCA provides training materials and resources to assist advocates at all levels of seniority. These include materials on Advocacy and the Vulnerable for family and criminal practitioners; Children in conflict with the law for youth court practitioners; Expert Evidence; the use of Interpreters; Expert advocacy guidance from women in the law; Principles for remote advocacy and International advocacy.

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New Practitioner Programme (NPP)

During their first three full years in practice, barristers must comply with the CPD rules within the New Practitioner Programme (NPP).

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Established Practitioner Program (EPP)

After completing the NPP and practising for more than three full years, barristers must comply with the CPD rules within the Established Practitioner Program (EPP).

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CPD News

Online Advocacy and the Vulnerable Training

The Advocacy and the Vulnerable course has been developed for online training.

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Online Pupillage Advocacy Training

We are pleased to announce Online Pupillage Advocacy Training

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Pupil Advocacy Materials

We have been busy creating some materials for pupils to use...

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