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CPD FAQs

A CPD year in Tasmania runs from 1 May to 30 April. See rule 2.7 of Practice Guideline no. 4 HERE.

Under rule 3.7 of Practice Guideline no. 4, where a practitioner has accrued excess CPD points (beyond those that meet compliance for the CPD year) in February, March or April, the practitioner may elect to assign all or any of them to the next CPD year.

You are required to keep your own record of CPD activity so you know what CPD points you have acquired at any given time. When you book through the Society’s TryBooking portal you are sent an automated confirmation for your records. You will find a record of the Society events you have attended by checking your inbox for your event receipts. The Society does not maintain an events record for each individual practitioner. Any information held on the Society’s previous website was unfortunately not able to be retained in the move to this website. To keep a record of your points the Society recommends using the CPD Activity Record Form HERE.

Under rule 3.8 of Practice Guideline no 4, a practitioner must maintain a written record of CPD points accrued by that practitioner in respect of each CPD year. This written record must include the following minimum information:

(a) the CPD activity, and event name (if applicable);
(b) date of event;
(c) CPD points claimed;
(d) mandatory category to which it relates; and
(e) provider or entity.

There are five mandatory CPD categories. When calculating your minimum 10 CPD points of CPD activity in respect of a CPD year, your total units must include at least one (1) point from each of the following five categories:

  1. Practical legal ethics (E);
  2. Practice management or business skills (PM);
  3. Professional skills (PS);
  4. Substantive law (SL); and
  5. Equality and wellbeing (EW).

Upcoming CPD activities and past recordings that can assist you to get your Equality and Wellbeing (EW) CPD points are listed in the weekly CPD Newsletter, and in the Online Recording Store, respectively. As guidance, we have collated a list HERE.

Whether you have practised a part or full year, the information you’ll need about your CPD obligations in Tasmania, including the CPD Practice Guideline 4, are found at CPD Obligations, HERE.

If you were issued with a PC after the start of the year, see this CPD Pro Rata Guide for the number of CPD points, across the mandatory categories, you will need to comply.

For a snapshot of CPD activities (as per Rule 2.4 of the Practice Guideline), their value and maximum limits, see this Summary of CPD Activities.

The CPD year in Tasmania runs 1 May to 30 April. Information on the minimum number of CPD points and mandatory CPD categories you need to acquire in a CPD year if you were not practising for the whole CPD year is covered by rule 3.9 of Practice Guideline no.4 which states: In relation to a practitioner who holds a local practising certificate for less than a CPD year, the reference in this rule to 10 CPD points in respect of that year is proportionally reduced in accordance with the table HERE. See also this CPD Pro Rata Guide for how the number of points change depending on when a PC is acquired.

Yes. Please refer to the definition of CPD activity at Practice Guideline no.4 rule 2.4(a), in particular that highlighted, which states CPD activity means: attendance at, or preparing or presenting material for, a seminar, interactive live-streamed webinar, workshop, lecture, conference, educational program or course or discussion group.

Webinar registrations and recording purchases grant one viewing licence exclusive to the registered purchaser. Due to licensing restrictions the registered purchaser is the only attendee who can claim CPD points for audit purposes.

It’s like going to the movies – to view the film you are expected to buy a ticket. This is the same with Society products – webinars and recordings. As such, the Society encourages the good-will uptake of the Society’s CPD Program and, for recordings, observation of the viewing licences, as this model is critical to the sustainability of the Society’s not-for-profit low cost program offered to you – its members.

The Society’s not-for-profit program offered to its members includes:

  • Affordable prices.
  • Easy member login registration.
  • Dedicated staff/personnel.
  • Responsive program development and event management.
  • Speaker procurement and preparations – experts and renowned-in-their-field presenters.
  • Trainer fees (where applicable, for fee-earning trainers).
  • Maintenance – technology and equipment.
  • Quality venues, livestream opportunities and recordings

The Society’s event refund and cancellation policy, and T&Cs, can be found HERE.

If you have a hot topic and would like to join the CPD Program as a presenter, we welcome your suggestions.

For an idea of what CPD has already been offered, to see how your topic may fit within the program, and to get a feel for past seminar and webinar formats, you can look through past CPD events held by the Society in our CPD Newsletters.

You may also be interested in the Practical Guide to Presenting: Face-to-Face and Webinars, HERE.

To get in contact, email the Society at cpd@lst.org.au and include your suggested topic title, a brief summary of the proposed content, and your preferred contact details. We will follow up with you.

Information about the Society’s venues, facilities and AV support hire is found HERE.