In November 2016 the CPD hour ceased. The SRA have now moved to a continuing competence based approach to personal development. Solicitors are required by the SRA to make a declaration of competence to practise each year by demonstrating continuing competence, rather than completing 16 hours cpd.
But what do the SRA mean by competent?
The SRA define competence as:
the ability to perform the roles and tasks required by one’s job to the expected standard (Eraut & du Boulay 2001).
In layman’s terms – the skills knowledge & behaviours to do your job well.
How do you measure continuing competence?
Using a competency framework, which defines observable behaviours, can be enormously helpful. At Athena Professional we have developed a continuing competence framework for the legal sector. Our competency framework maps back to the SRA competencies, thus ensuring you are in a position to make your declaration of competence to practise.
If you would like to download our continuing competence framework please click here.
And if as a result of reviewing this framework you would like to talk to us about how to demonstrate continuing competence please contact us.