FAQs for using the app

How do I add a seminar to “My Events”?

To add the details of a seminar that you plan to attend, go to “Log CPD Hours” and submit the details of the seminar. Once submitted, the seminar will appear in “My Events”. Following the seminar, please complete the “Learning outcomes” section to complete the record.

How do I add “Learning outcomes” to the seminars I have attended?

You can add “Learning outcomes” of any seminar you have attended. Go to “My Events”, select the seminar you wish to add learning outcomes to and submit the information.

How do I register for a seminar?

Navigate to “Upcoming Events” to see list of scheduled seminars.  Simply select the seminar you  wish to attend. Within the seminar page, select “Register now” and submit your details required for registration.

Can I view a summary of my seminars for the year?

Yes, go to “Log CPD Hours” and  use the “Export” option. My CPD Manager will export details of all the seminars you have attended to  a .csv file.

If I attend an MHC seminar, will my attendance be automatically recorded in my profile?

No. We do not modify the records of My CPD Manager users. Please record your attendance via the “Log CPD Hours” section.

How do I view my logged hours?

Go to “My Profile” and you can use the “Export” tab option to download a .csv file of all of your hours logged for the calendar year.

What are push notifications?

Push notifications allow My CPD Manager to notify you when an MHC CPD seminar is added to our events calendar. This notification will appear in the status bar of your mobile device.

FAQs for CPD requirements

An Irish solicitor is required by the Law Society of Ireland and by the Solicitors (Continuing Professional Development) Regulations 2015 (S.I. No. 480 of 2015) (the “Regulations”) to take part in the CPD scheme set out by the Law Society. It is necessary to take part in this scheme so as to continue to develop your professional skills while practising law.

Our CPD FAQs will provide you with an overview of Law Society requirements for compliance with the CPD Scheme. We also set out details on what kind of learning can qualify and be recorded as CPD.

Please use these FAQs as a guide only and consult lawsociety.ie for full information on the CPD Scheme.

What is CPD?

CPD is defined in the Regulations as “further education or training (or both) to a solicitor, whether relating to law or to management and professional development skills or to regulatory matters, intended to develop the solicitor in his or her professional knowledge, skills and abilities, and may be referred to in common usage as ‘CPD’”. It is any legal or general education / training relevant to the practice of a solicitor which is designed to improve the solicitor’s professional knowledge, skills and abilities. The overriding test is that the education / training must be relevant to the practice of the solicitor at the time it is undertaken.

Who is required to undertake CPD?

The Regulations and the Scheme apply to:

  • solicitors holding current practising certificates;
  • to solicitors in the full-time service of the State and to conveyancing-only solicitors employed by a non-solicitor; and
  • European lawyers registered with the Law Society holding current qualifying certificates.
How can I complete CPD?

The minimum CPD requirement must be undertaken by (i) group study (ii) eLearning or (iii) writing relevant material that is published. Private study and/or research is not permitted as a means of completing CPD. Please see “What proof is required for CPD?” for more detail on the types of activity accepted by the Law Society.

What is the minimum overall CPD requirement?

2016 cycle: 18 hours (which must comprise the minimum requirements in both management and professional development skills and regulatory matters)

2017 cycle: 20 hours (which must comprise the minimum requirements in both management and professional development skills and regulatory matters)

What if I am not practising for the full cycle?

The Scheme allows for modifications of the minimum CPD requirement. The Scheme booklet details the particular circumstances in which the minimum CPD requirement may be reduced. Please consult the Scheme booklet for information on CPD requirements in these circumstances.

How long is a CPD cycle?

A CPD cycle consists of one calendar year, as does a practice year to which a practising certificate applies.

What are the categories of CPD?

There are three broad categories of CPD, referred to respectively, as:

  • General CPD,
  • Management and Professional Development Skills; and
  • Regulatory Matters, which includes accounting and anti-money laundering compliance.

There are also three different permitted ways of undertaking CPD – by group study, by eLearning and/or by writing relevant material that is published. General CPD is legal or general education/training relevant to the practice of a solicitor which is designed to improve the solicitor’s professional knowledge, skills and abilities.

Management and Professional Development CPD includes education or training in any one or more of, or a combination of, the following areas: (i) financial and business management, (ii) practice management, (iii) self-management, (iv) client care, (v) Irish or English language enhancement as it relates to the practice of law, (vi) foreign language enhancement as it relates to the practice of law.

Regulatory Matters are defined as, “matters relating to the regulation of solicitors, including: (a) Solicitors Acts 1954 to 2011 and regulations made thereunder; (b) accounting and anti-money laundering compliance; (c) the Society’s Guidance Notes for Solicitors on Anti-Money Laundering Obligations; (d) risk management; (e) the Guide to Professional Conduct of Solicitors in Ireland; (f) professional ethics and the maintenance of standards of best practice in complying with regulatory obligations; (g) the processing of complaints against solicitors by the Society and the functions of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the courts in relation thereto”.

What is the minimum requirement of each CPD category?

During one CPD cycle, there is a minimum requirement of at least three hours Management and Professional Development Skills and at least two hours in Regulatory Matters. Please note that for each CPD cycle for a solicitor who is a sole practitioner or a compliance partner and/or an anti-money laundering compliance partner, there is a requirement to complete at least three hours of Regulatory Matters CPD, of which at least two hours should be accounting and anti-money laundering compliance.

For what activities can I claim CPD?

The minimum CPD requirement must be undertaken in one of the permitted ways. These are: Group study, in-house group study, delivery of a lecture or training session, a long course continuing over several days or weeks, work on a committee/working group, adjudicative functions on a tribunal eLearning.

How do I calculate CPD?

The amount of CPD that may be claimed by a solicitor as a credit towards fulfilling the minimum CPD requirement is the time actually spent undertaking CPD during a particular CPD cycle. Time spent at registration for or breaks during a course cannot be counted as a credit towards the minimum CPD requirement. There is a minimum thirty minutes requirement, meaning that the time spent on any one occasion of undertaking CPD must be in excess of a continuous period of thirty minutes. There is a maximum limit of 7 hours of CPD within a single (24 hours) day.

How should I record my CPD?

The onus is on each solicitor to accurately record and to maintain a record and written verification(s) of his/her time undertaking CPD. Solicitors should obtain suitable proof of CPD for all CPD being claimed. The Law Society requires that solicitors complete the CPD Scheme Record Card which can be downloaded here. The completed card should be retained with proof(s) of having fulfilled the minimum CPD requirement. It is not necessary to submit the CPD Scheme Record Card to the Law Society unless you are requested to do so.

What proof is required for CPD?

Group study: a certificate or other proof of attendance from the course provider on letterhead paper, with the attendee’s name pre-printed by the provider. Such proof should detail the date, time and duration of the training, subject matter and topic of the training, confirmation that the training was completed by group study, category of CPD training provided and signed for or on behalf of the course provider. Solicitors should note that an invitation, booking confirmation, invoice or receipt is not sufficient proof of attendance; In-house group study: a note on firm letterhead (or sign-in sheets), summarising the subject matter, details of the attendees, the date and time involved, confirmation that the training was completed by group study and, if relevant, whether the event was interactive, duly signed by the CPD coordinator of the in-house training sessions.

Delivery of a lecture or training session: a copy of the notes/slides, and confirmation from the course provider of the delivery of the lecture/training session, the date, time and hours involved; A long course, continuing over several days or weeks: written confirmation from the course provider of successful completion of the course, the date, time and duration of the training session attended, confirmation of the way in which training was completed (e.g. group study, eLearning), category of CPD training provided, duly signed for or on behalf of the course provider.

Work on a committee/working group: a minute from the committee/working group, confirming fulfilment of the ‘five-questions’ test and confirmation from the secretary of such committee/working group that the solicitor attended and was involved in such meeting, date(s), time(s), duration and category of CPD. For details of the ‘five-questions’ test, see the Law Society’s CPD Scheme booklet.

Adjudicative functions on a tribunal: independent confirmation of the position held and the date, time, duration and category of CPD involved; eLearning: a certificate of completion of the course/programme by the course/programme provider, confirming the course title, date, time and duration of the course/programme, confirmation that the training was completed by eLearning and category of CPD training provided.

Writing published material: a copy of the published material.

How will this app assist me in recording my CPD?

The purpose of this app is to assist you in recording your CPD. You can manage your own calendar of events for the purpose of providing a record of your CPD hours accrued to the Law Society, should you be required by the Law Society to do so. MHC CPD seminars: We will publish details of any of our own events which qualify for CPD hours within the app. It is possible to register your interest in attending these events via the app. If you attend our events, you will be required to register in person in order to qualify to obtain CPD. You will also be provided with a CPD certificate which you should retain for your own records. We do not modify the records of any user, therefore you must record your attendance at MHC events in your own profile.