Continuing Professional Development Compliance

CPD Committee

Under Part 6 of the Queensland Law Society Administration Rule 2005, the Council has established a CPD Committee with jurisdictional powers for matters such as: 

  • administering the CPD program
  • establishing guidelines for the implementation of the program and making recommendations to Council for amendments to the program;
  • considering applications with respect to exemptions. Practitioners should refer to the CPD exemption form to see if they qualify;
  • determining applications for extension of time.

Exemptions and Extensions

Exemptions

Applications for exemptions must be submitted in writing using the Exemption Form, together with supporting documentation.

For practitioners who wish to renew or obtain their practising certificate during the practising year, you are invited to identify your required points as listed on the pro rata points chart contained in rule 47(7) of the CPD Rules.

PC Commencement monthCPD units required
January1
February0
March 0
April10
May9
June8
July7
August6
September5
October4
November3
December2

How to apply for an exemption

To be considered for an exemption: 

  1. download the exemption form below
  2. fill in
  3. attach supporting documentation 
  4. complete a cover letter and 
  5. send all the documentation to cpd@qls.com.au.

Extensions of time

Practitioners who require an extension of time within which to comply with their obligations under the CPD Rules need to apply to CPD Committee. The CPD Committee may grant an extension of time within which to comply with the CPD Rules upon any condition it considers appropriate. 

How to apply for an extension

The application needs to be: 

  • to the CPD Committee prior to the expiry of a CPD year
  • in writing using the extension form download below
  • setting out reasons for the request
  • how many CPD units are still required, and
  • when the practitioner expects to complete their CPD requirements.
  • send all the documentation to cpd@qls.com.au.