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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Scheme 

What is the Scheme Called? 
The scheme is known as the Continuing Professional Development scheme (CPDS).

What is CIArb's CPD requirement?
Panel members are subject to a mandatory requirement to observe the terms of the CPDS. All other CIArb members are encouraged to undertake CPD as befits members of a Professional Body governed by Royal Charter. All Presidential Panel Members are required to achieve 60 points over 3 years, at least 30 of which should be directly relevant to the area(s) in which they receive appointments and minimum of 20 to be attained each year but otherwise may achieve the CPD requirements as they see fit.

All other CIArb members are encouraged to achieve 60 CPD points across three years with a minimum of 10 being attained each year.

A maximum of 20 points across the 3 years can be acquired through Individual Professional Development Activities.

The Scheme is not confined to law related activities.

Can CPD points be carried over into subsequent years?

The Education & Membership Committee has the discretion to permit this in exceptional circumstances.

Activities that can be counted for CPD purposes

Face-to-face activities (including any CPD activity that has been authorised by another like institution) may be counted for CPD. One point is equivalent to one hour of activity.

  • lectures, seminars, workshops
  • relevant law conferences
  • training programmes
  • participation in the design and preparation for a CPD activity
  • presenting at a CIArb CPD activity
  • presenting at any other CPD activity
  • presenting in the various arbitrator/mediation/adjudication Courses

Individual professional development activities. (See paragraph below on how CPD points are allocated to individual professional development activities.)

  • postgraduate education programmes, leading to a certificate, diploma or degree
  • research as part of a research-based postgraduate programme
  • active participation in formal discussion groups
  • distance education programmes, including university-based programmes, audiovisual programmes and multimedia or web-based programmes – without necessarily any requirement for active involvement
  • distance education programmes, but only where there is active participation required
  • writing of legal articles, books, case notes, practice notes or law reform submissions
  • case reporting
  • teaching in an undergraduate or postgraduate law programme
  • examining in an undergraduate or postgraduate law programme
  • legal research which is made available beyond the particular case, e.g. in a thesis, publication or otherwise
  • active participation in CIArb committees or working parties dealing with substantive issues in the law or the practice of the law
  • sole or major authorship of discussion papers prepared for CIArb committees dealing with substantive issues in the law or the practice of the law
  • formal coaching/mentoring sessions between senior members and members in their first [three] years at the Bar
  • tutoring under the CIArb programmes

The Education & Membership Committee is authorised to accredit other activities which might, from time to time, be seen as suitable.

How is participation in Individual Professional Development activities allocated?

  • for every hour of participation in coursework postgraduate law programmes or for every hour of research in research-based postgraduate programmes - one CPD point
  • for every hour of participation in formal discussion groups - one CPD point
  • for participation in distance education programmes, audio-visual programmes and multimedia or web-based programmes - where there is no requirement for active involvement - 0.5 CPD point
  • for participation in such programmes where there is a requirement for significant active involvement - one CPD point
  • for writing of legal articles, books on legal topics, case notes, practice notes, discussion papers prepared for CIArb committees or law reform submissions - either one CPD point for every 1000 words or for every hour spent researching and writing
  • for every hour of involvement in case reporting - one CPD point
  • for every hour of teaching or examining in an undergraduate or postgraduate law programme - one CPD point
  • for every hour of legal research where the benefits are more widely spread than in the particular matter, for example  in an article or a face-to-face CPD activity - on the basis that there is too great a risk of double counting - no CPD points
  • for every hour of active participation in CIArb committees dealing with substantive issues of law or practice - 0.5 CPD point
  • for every hour of formalised coaching/tutoring provided by a senior member to a more junior member, where the junior member sought such coaching/tutoring in order to broaden his/her areas of practice - one CPD point.

The Education & Membership Committee is authorised to decide, from time to time, which Individual professional development activities can be counted and to what extent.

What CPD Providers can I use?

CIArb does not accredit CPD providers. It is at the member's discretion to determine whether the activity meets specified criteria for the purposes of the CPD Scheme.

How does CIArb monitor compliance with the mandatory requirements of the scheme?

The declaration completed by a Panel member seeking appointment by the President will provide a record as will the Panel Appointment Certificate required for renewals. Each will include a provision stating that they have undertaken the required CPD. Panel members must keep a record of their CPD.

What are the implications of non-compliance?
Non-compliance will mean that the CPD requirements necessary for renewal or admission to Panel will not have been met.