Who is eligible to register?
The 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.
How will the PMC workshop be delivered?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the remaining PMC workshops for 2020 will be delivered wholly online with sessions delivered using live streaming technology. To participate, you must have a reliable internet connection, a webcam and a microphone. QLS will monitor virtual attendance to ensure participants meet the 'substantial participation' requirements under the PMC prescribed content.
Is there course pre-reading?
Yes, you should allow approximately 25–30 hours for completion of all pre-reading and activities prior to the workshop.
Do I need to attend all sessions of the course?
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.
How are course participants assessed?
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.
How long do assessments take to be marked?
Take home assessments are due three weeks after the workshop and will be accepted if submitted before the due date. Participants may also request an extension of time to complete an assessment. Assessments will be sent to markers once a week on Friday afternoons. Assessments can take up to three weeks to be marked (from the date sent to the marker). If a participant fails to demonstrate competency in any assessment task, they will receive feedback from the marker, and be offered the opportunity to re-sit or re-submit that task for further assessment. Participants are also invited to make a request to speak with the marker if they have any questions prior to re-sitting or re-submission.
What happens after I complete the PMC?
- 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.
What about deferment/exemption applications?
Practitioners can make an application for Deferment or Exemption from part of, or the whole of, the PMC. Applications for Deferment or Exemption will be considered by the QLS Council, or a delegate of the Council. Applications for Exemptions will be considered by the PMC Committee and approved by the QLS Council.
What is the average time to pass the PMC?
Most practitioners complete the PMC in 12 weeks, but completion times can vary considerably. Practitioners are given a maximum of 12 months to complete the PMC under the Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005. Completion means successfully passing all assessment items within 12 months (recalling that assessment items may take up to 3 weeks to be marked at first instance, and so submitting an assessment item just prior to the 12 month expiry is very unlikely to result in having the assessment marked within the prescribed timeframe and result in a fail).
Can I keep my enrolment confidential?
Enrolment, conversations and performance relating to participants undertaking the PMC remain confidential between the relevant QLS staff, PMC Committee, QLS PMC Contractors and the respective course participant. Online enrolment will lead to confirmation of enrolment and course materials being sent to the email address that QLS currently holds for you. If you wish to keep your enrolment confidential, please update your details by contacting the QLS Records team at firstname.lastname@example.org before completing your enrolment.
Can I transfer to a different course?
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.