Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Western Australian Bar Association (WABA) is approved by the Legal Practice Board as a QA Provider of CPD activities.  Attendance at CPD events conducted by the WABA qualifies participants to CPD points for the purpose of satisfying requirements under Legal Profession Rules 2009 (Rules) made pursuant to the Legal Profession Act 2008.


CPD Requirements

Subdivision 3 of the Rules sets out the requirements for CPD for practising certificates issued on or after 1 July 2015.  Effective from 1 April 2015, a number of changes were made to the CPD requirements imposed under the Rules.  A brief outline of some of the changes is set out below:

  • All legal practitioners are required to gain a minimum 1 CPD point in each of the following Competency Areas -  

Competency Area 1                Practice Management

Competency Area 2                Professional Skills

Competency Area 3                Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Competency Area 4                Substantive Law

  • There is no longer a distinction in the number of points required to be earned in each Competency Area based on practitioners’ level of post-admission experience.


  • The maximum number of points which may be earned for attending a conference, course or other event comprising one or more interactive CPD activities has been reduced from 7 points to 6 points.


  • The minimum number of points required to be earned for completing Interactive Activities has been reduced from 8 points to 6 points.


  • Practitioners may now earn a maximum of 4 points per year by undertaking non-interactive electronic activities offered by QA Providers approved by the Legal Practice Board. 


Rule 13B(2) provides that practitioners are required to earn 10 CPD points during the CPD period.



Further details of all recent changes to CPD requirements may be found at -

Click here to download a CPD record sheet for 2015-2016, which members may find useful for recording CPD points.