CPD Countdown - Deadline March 17, 2014
What’s New? All 2014 CPD Plan Declarations must be made online at www.CPDAlberta.ca.
Thank you to all of those who have already declared their 2014 CPD Plan online. For those who have yet to make their 2014 CPD Plan declaration, the March 17, 2014 deadline is quickly approaching.
This year, as part of the Law Society’s transition to online transactions, the CPD Plan Declaration option is no longer available in paper form on the Member Information Update Form. As an active lawyer, you must make your 2014 CPD Plan Declaration online at www.CPDAlberta.ca. The CPD Alberta website will assist you to comply with the Rules to:
- Evaluate your 2013 CPD Plan
- Identify your professional development goals
- Prepare your 2014 CPD Plan
- Declare your 2014 CPD Plan
Remember: Retain a copy of your CPD Plan for five years. The CPD Alberta website is not an archive for your CPD Plans. To comply with Rule 67.2, it is your responsibility to maintain a separate copy of your 2014 CPD Plan in written or electronic format in the event that the Law Society makes a request for a copy of your CPD Plan.
For more information on the CPD Program visit the Law Society website or contact the Continuing Professional Development Department at 403-229-4766; or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law Society of Alberta’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program is a mandatory requirement for all active lawyers in Alberta.
The goal of the CPD Program is to enhance lawyer competence and demonstrate to the public that the Law Society is accountable and has programs for the ongoing professional development and competence of lawyers. The CPD Program is a key aspect of the Law Society’s competence strategy.
Although there is no minimum hour requirement, the annual planning, evaluation, declaration and implementation of a CPD Plan is a mandatory requirement for all active lawyers practicing in Alberta.
Every lawyer has a duty of competence pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Code of Conduct. To further the goals of enhanced lawyer competence in the delivery of legal services, the Rules of the Law Society require every active lawyer to:
- Prepare and make a record of a CPD Plan in written or electronic form
- Declare their CPD Plan on or before March 15 (March 17 in 2014) in a form acceptable to the Executive Director
- Retain the written or electronic record of the CPD Plan for five years and produce the CPD Plan to the Law Society upon request.