The Practice Management Course (PMC) is open to all solicitors admitted in Australia. You do not need to be currently working as a Solicitor or hold a practising certificate to enrol in the course.
Non-legal practice directors of Incorporated Legal Practices are not eligible to enrol in a PMC as they are not eligible to hold a Principal Practising Certificate. The legal practitioner must be a director of an Incorporated Legal Practice to hold a Principal Practising Certificate.
Practitioners can make an application for a Deferment of Exemption of the PMC. Deferment applications will be considered by a delegate of Council. Exemption applications will be considered by either the QLS Council or an authorised delegate of Council. Please refer to the Application Form and the Important Notice to Applicant.
Doing the course
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all workshops are entirely online until further notice. To participate, you must have a reliable internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.
Yes, attendance and active participation in all workshop sessions is compulsory to meet the 'substantial participation' requirements under the PMC prescribed content. To satisfactorily complete the PMC, participants must:
- have completed all pre-readings and activities
- attended all sessions of the workshop in full
- passed all items of assessment.
Participants must demonstrate competency in four assessment tasks, one exam and three take home assessments due three weeks after completing the workshop.
- Trust accounting exam - multiple choice.
- Ethics scenario - complete as take home assessment.
- Risk audit - complete as take home assessment.
- Business planning - complete as take home assessment.
Participants are required to adhere to the QLS Academic Misconduct Policy and sign a declaration of academic integrity before submitting any assessment items.
The PMC transfer and cancellation policy differs from other QLS events. Check the QLS events and on-demand content policy for PMC transfer and cancellation terms.
If you do not attend all or part of your scheduled PMC workshop due to any circumstance, you may be required to attend a subsequent workshop day or complete any other remedial action as considered appropriate by QLS. Check the “Upcoming courses” section of this webpage for more information about the dates of the Workshops.
- Participants who pass the PMC will be issued a digital PMC Statement and Certificate.
- The PMC Statement enables you to then apply for a Principal Practising Certificate (PPC).
- The PMC statement is valid for up to 5 years (see rule 31 of the Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005).
- The application for a PPC is processed by the QLS Regulation Department and could take up to 10 working days to be approved.