Professional development

A core objective of the Bar Association is to promote, maintain and improve the standards of local practising barristers. Our Professional Development Department achieves this by organising the Bar Exams, the Bar Practice Course, Reading, mentoring and the Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD).

CPD Program

Barristers practising in New South Wales, with some exceptions, are required to earn at least ten CPD points in a practising year. This is fundamental to maintain the standards and professional reputation of the NSW Bar. More information about CPD can be obtained from the Legal Profession Uniform Continuing Professional Development (Barristers) Rules 2015,

For a calendar of upcoming seminars, conferences and other relevant events, visit the CPD Calendar.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), face to face CPD sessions and other activities will cease until further notice. To minimise the impact on members learning, where possible, CPD and education programs will be moved to an online format. Webinars hosted by the New South Wales Bar Association will be run by registration only. Members are advised to read the webinar terms and conditions before attending. 

CPD online

Login to CPD seminar streaming to catch up on missed seminars by watching a replay and downloading an accompanying paper (Login required)

To further assist our members, the Association has prepared a ‘companion guide’ information packet with links to a small sample of recent online CPD sessions. Many, many more sessions are available on the portal.

CPD record form

Barristers are required to maintain a record of engagement in CPD activities for the CPD year using this form, submitted in hard copy or electronically, and must retain that record for at least three years after the CPD year.

CPD seminar suggestions

We value your feedback and suggestions. If you have any suggestions for CPD seminar speakers and/or specific topics and areas of law you would like us to cover in future seminars please complete this feedback form.