Legal CPD Rules & Requirements NZ

Every year you need to earn continuing professional development (CPD) points to maintain your practising certificate, keep up-to-date with legislative changes and improve your ‘business of law’ knowledge.


How to earn CPD hours with Legalwise Seminars

Whether you are a lawyer, solicitor or any other professional, Legalwise Seminars offer you a host of opportunities to gain the CPD points you need each year to comply with your professional development obligations. These include:

  • attending face to face legal seminars and conferences
  • watching and listening to legal seminars and conferences live online
  • accessing on demand past recordings of legal seminars and conferences
  • preparing and presenting at legal seminars and conferences.
CPD Requirements

The rules are learner-centred, plan-based and build on your insights and reflective practices. Each lawyer is responsible for their own CPD requirements.

You will need to:

  •  identify your own learning needs and maintain a CPD plan and records (CPDPR)
  • complete and reflect on 10 hours of CPD activities in line with your learning needs and action plan

A CPDPR includes:

  • learning needs
  • an action plan
  • an activities record
  • reflections on outcomes
  • reflections on future learning needs
  • documentation verifying attendance

It is on-going – no stop/start date, may be reviewed and amended.

Format – no prescribed format.

CPD Activities

The requirements are descriptive not prescriptive.

You choose, but activities must:

  • be verifiable
  • provide for interaction/feedback
  • be planned and structured with a stated purpose and outcomes
  • be related to your identified learning requirements
  • not be part of your day to day work
  • CPD year will run from 1 April – 31 March following year
  • declarations to be filed at end of each CPD year.

For full details please visit the Law Society New Zealand.

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