What is the SILE CPD scheme?
A mandatory continuing professional development (‘CPD’) scheme was introduced in 2012. The CPD scheme is administered by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (‘SILE’) and formalises the individual a lawyer’s responsibility and commitment to being a professionally competent and relevant practising member of the Singapore Bar.
The key characteristics of the current CPD scheme are as follows:
- A CPD Year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
- All advocates and solicitors of the Supreme Court holding on to a valid Singapore Practicing Certificate for more than 5 months in that CPD Year must obtain CPD Points for that CPD Year.
- All foreign lawyers registered under section 36B of the Legal Profession Act holding on to a foreign practitioner certificate for more than 5 months in that CPD Year must obtain CPD Points for that CPD Year.
- A minimum number of CPD Points must be obtained from attending Accredited CPD Activities (‘Public CPD Points’).
- Private CPD Points may also be obtained by undertaking CPD Activities that are not accredited by the Institute.
If you organise learning activities targeted at legal practitioners, you may wish to seek accreditation of your activities by the SILE. More information may be found on the ‘Accreditation Requirements’ page which you may access via the navigation menu.