Learning activities

Any activity that helps you meet your learning needs counts towards continuing competence, for example:

  • working towards professional qualifications
  • taking part in courses and accreditations
  • work shadowing
  • listening to or watching audio-visual material
  • doing research

The SRA toolkit suggests more activities to meet your learning needs.

In July 2019 the SRA released a report showing how law firms and solicitors have responded to continuing competence. The table shows the most common types of training firms have provided since it was introduced.

Internal approaches % External approaches %
Reading, research and discussion 75 Training course on specific topics or areas of law 70
Informal training/on-the-job training 69 E-learning or webinars 59
Peer-to-peer informal learning 51 Conferences and events 58
Mentoring and coaching 48 Learning and development networks 30
Shared learning 39 Study towards a professional qualification or certification 23
E-learning and bespoke courses 44 Social media learning platforms 19
Secondments to other departments 5

Read the full SRA report: Understanding implementation of our approach to continuing competence


If you want to do a course, you should check that the quality of it is acceptable to you. The SRA does not accredit courses or course providers.

If your firm will not fund continuing competence activities

There are many activities you can do to meet the continuing competence requirements that are free, for example work shadowing or taking part in webinars.

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