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CQS training and publications

There are a range of training providers who have been authorised by the accreditation office to provide the mandatory CQS training. From Wednesday 8 August 2018, the training will be available. This page sets out information on what training needs to be undertaken by relevant members of staff within the practice.

Who are the authorised training providers?

Accredited members may choose either of the above training providers to complete their mandatory training with. Training providers may provide all or only some of the training courses. Please check with the training provider of your choice which courses they offer.

You do not need to complete all your training with the same provider. Relevant members of staff may take different courses with different providers, should they wish to.

What are the current training courses?

    There are currently four mandatory training courses:
  • Core Training - Role of the SRO
  • Core Training - Financial Crime
  • 2018 Update - Conveyancing Practice
  • 2018 Update - Risk and Compliance

The additional Core Training 'Protocol in Practice' will be made available in 2019. More information will be provided in due course.

    There is also one optional training course:
  • CQS - Core Practice Management Standards

Who must complete the training?

Relevant members of staff must complete all mandatory CQS training. Relevant members of staff are considered as any conveyancers within the accredited practice, regardless of their status and qualification. This includes the Head of Conveyancing, any partners/managers/directors who undertake residential conveyancing and any qualified or non-qualified conveyancers within the practice.

See the CQS Scheme rules for more information.

The table below outlines when the training should be undertaken:

Core Training - Role of the SROThe SRO must take this training within six months of initially being awarded CQS accreditation. This course need only be taken once during the whole accreditation lifetime, unless notified otherwise by the CQS office. If there is a new SRO, they will need to undertake this training within six months of starting the position as SRO.
Core Training - Protocol in PracticeNot available until 2019. More information will be provided in due course.
Core Training - Financial CrimeAll relevant members of staff within the practice must undertake this training within six months of initially being awarded CQS accreditation.
Any new relevant members of staff will have six months to undertake the training from the date they joined the practice. If the training has been completed at a previous organisation, the training need not be completed again.
2018 Update Training
- Conveyancing Practice
- Risk and Compliance
All relevant members of staff within the practice must undertake this training. As the training was re-launched in August 2018, practices will have the following period in which to complete the training:
- Practices who were awarded their re-accreditation by the CQS office on 1 November 2017-31 July 2018 must complete the training within 6 months of the training being launched in early August 2018 (ie by January 2019).
- Practices who were awarded their re-accreditation by the CQS office on 1 August 2018 or thereafter will have six months from the date of the award to complete the training.

Confirmation of completing the training

At re-accreditation, each relevant member of staff should provide their certificate of completion for each training course with the re-accreditation application. Failure to do so will result in a delay to your re-accreditation assessment and could lead to the application being withdrawn.

CQS publications

    There are a number of publications to help firms meet the required standards for CQS:
  • Conveyancing Protocol - the Law Society's 'preferred practice' for conveyancing transactions of freehold and leasehold residential property
  • CQS Toolkit 2nd edition - this toolkit will help your practice comply with the core practice management standards that must be followed by all practices within the scheme.
  • The Conveyancing Handbook 25th edition - this handbook has been revised and updated to ensure it remains the most reliable and up-to-date source of information and guidance on residential conveyancing.

Questions?

If you have further questions about the training, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

e: CQS@lawsociety.org.uk

t: 020 7316 5550