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Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Legal professionals in Canada require Continuing Professional Development to maintain their professional designation. Browse courses that meet your requirements, even find your Ethics/EDI hours, or choose one of our course packages, specially curated to contain all the hours and credits you need, in one place. The courses on LearnFormula may be counted towards professionally relevant, verifiable learning activities. It is the student's responsibility to validate whether an activity is an eligible educational activity for their professional development requirements based on their own learning needs.

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Alberta

Law Society of Alberta

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no minimum requirement
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Unaccredited
It is your obligation to ensure that the CPD activities you undertake and incorporate into your CPD Plan meet the Rules of the Law Society of Alberta Rule 67.1. Unlike other jurisdictions, the Law Society of Alberta’s CPD Program does not have a mandatory minimum number of accredited hours to be counted towards CPD. The Law Society is suspending the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) filing requirement for the profession for the years 2020 and 2021. LSA does not require CPD providers to be accredited with their organizations in order to offer CPDs to their members. The courses listed on LearnFormula are verifiable for CPD and can be counted towards the annual CPD requirement. It is up to the professional to determine whether the activity qualifies as eligible towards their CPD requirement.

British Columbia

Law Society of British Columbia

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12/ year
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Accredited
British Columbia practising lawyers, both full-time and part-time, must complete 12.0 hours of accredited CPD within the calendar year. At least 2.0 of the 12.0 hours must pertain to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics and practice management. The Law Society's continuing professional development program allows lawyers to meet the requirement in a way that matches their own professional goals and learning preferences. Recommended topics include Professional ethics, Practice management, Lawyering skills, Professional wellness, Substantive law, Procedural law and Non-legal topics sufficiently connected to the practice of law. LearnFormula is a Pre-approved provider by the Law Society of British Columbia.

Manitoba

Law Society of Manitoba

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
Each lawyer must complete 12 hours of CPD each year. Lawyers who maintain active practicing status for three or more months must complete as part of their total CPD hours 1.5 hours of eligible CPD activities related to ethics, professional responsibility, or practice management (EPPM). The Law Society of Manitoba does not accredit eligible CPD activities. Each lawyer determines if a particular activity is an eligible CPD activity based on the requirements and guidelines set out by the Law Society. LSM does not require CPD providers to be accredited with their organizations in order to offer CPDs to their members. The courses listed on LearnFormula are verifiable for CPD and can be counted towards the annual CPD requirement. It is up to the professional to determine whether the activity qualifies as eligible towards their CPD requirement.

New Brunswick

Law Society of New Brunswick

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
All practising members of the Law Society, whether they work full-time or part-time, must complete twelve (12) hours of continuing professional development annually (January 1— December 31).
Practising Members of the Law Society of New Brunswick will continue to need to select appropriate educational activities and comply with the Rules on Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (the Rules) and the Requirements in all respects.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

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15/ year
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Unaccredited
Every lawyers has to participate in a minimum of 15 hours of eligible Continuing Legal Education (CLE). It is up to the lawyer to determine whether the activity qualifies as eligible. LSNL does not require CPD providers to be accredited with their organizations in order to offer CPDs to their members. The courses listed on LearnFormula are verifiable for CPD and can be counted towards the annual CPD requirement. It is up to the professional to determine whether the activity qualifies as eligible towards their CPD requirement. According to the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador’s guidelines, eligible CPD activities must contain significant substantive or practical content with the primary objective of increasing lawyers’ professional competence.

Northwest Territories

Law Society of the Northwest Territories

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
Each lawyer must complete 12 hours of CPD, of which 2 hours must be “Professionalism”: ethics, or practice management during each membership year. Lawyers decide for themselves which CPD content is relevant to their practice. Law Society of the Northwest Territories does not require CPD providers to be accredited with their organizations in order to offer CPDs to their members. The courses listed on LearnFormula are verifiable for CPD and can be counted towards the annual CPD requirement. It is up to the professional to determine whether the activity qualifies as eligible towards their CPD requirement (Marketing courses are not eligible).

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Barristers' Society

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
All practising lawyers are expected to complete a minimum of 12 hours of professional development in each reporting year. The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society does not formally accredit providers or pre-approve any programs for CPD reporting purposes. Instead, it is up to practising members to determine that the specific CPD activity meets the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s requirements. If so, practising members can claim the CPD activity in their annual CPD Plan. According to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society’s guidelines, eligible CPD activities must be relevant to the professional needs of a lawyer and preserves and enhances a lawyer’s knowledge or skills in the areas of: substantive legal education and skills development; risk and practice management; and professionalism.

Nunavut

Law Society of Nunavut

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
Each lawyer must complete 12 hours of CPD, of which 1 hour must be “Professionalism”: ethics, client communications, professional responsibility, or practice management. Lawyers decide for themselves which CPD content is relevant to their practice. LSN does not require CPD providers to be accredited with their organizations in order to offer CPDs to their members. The courses listed on LearnFormula are verifiable for CPD and can be counted towards the annual CPD requirement. It is up to the professional to determine whether the activity qualifies as eligible towards their CPD requirement.

Ontario

Law Society of Ontario (Professionalism)

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12/ year
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Accredited
Lawyers and paralegals who are practicing law or providing legal services must complete in each calendar year at least 12 CPD Hours in Eligible Educational Activities consisting of a minimum of 3 Professionalism Hours (incl. 1 EDI credit) on topics related to professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and up to 9 Substantive Hours per year. Only Professionalism Hours must be accredited by the Law Society. Lawyers and paralegals must determine for themselves whether an activity is an eligible educational activity for CPD and qualifies for Substantive Hours. For more information about Substantive Hours, please see CPD Requirement.

Ontario

Law Society of Ontario (EDI)

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12/ year
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Accredited
Lawyers and paralegals who are practising law or providing legal services must complete in each calendar year at least 12 CPD Hours in Eligible Educational Activities consisting of a minimum of 3 Professionalism Hours (incl. 1 EDI credit) on topics related to professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and up to 9 Substantive Hours per year.

Ontario

Law Society of Ontario (Substantive Hours)

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
Lawyers and paralegals who are practising law or providing legal services must complete in each calendar year at least 12 CPD Hours in Eligible Educational Activities consisting of a minimum of 3 Professionalism Hours (incl. 1 EDI credit) on topics related to professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management and up to 9 Substantive Hours per year. Only programs and activities with Professionalism Hours (including EDI Professionalism Hours) must be accredited by the Law Society. See CPD Accreditation for more information. Substantive Hours do not require accreditation. However, on an annual basis, you should conduct your own assessment and confirm that your CPD programs or eligible activities maintain or enhance your professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the context of your practice and professional development.

Prince Edward Island

Law Society of Prince Edward Island

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24/ 2 years
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Unaccredited
Each lawyer must complete 24 hours of CPD within a 2 year period, of which 4 hours must be “Professionalism”: ethics, client communications, professional responsibility, or practice management. Lawyers decide for themselves which CPD content is relevant to their practice. According to the Law Society of Prince Edward Island’s guidelines, the CPD content must have significant intellectual or practical content with the primary objective of increasing members’ professional competence.

Quebec

Bar of Quebec

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30/ 2 years
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Unaccredited
All lawyers must complete at least 30.0 eligible hours of training during a 2-year reference period, 3 of which must be taken in ethics and professional practice or professional practice from a list of activities offered by the Quebec Bar. For Quebec lawyers, consider including courses as a CLE activity in your annual Continuing Education Obligation. Please note that all lawyers have to self-report CLEs to the Bar of Quebec. The Barreau du Québec automatically recognizes CPD content that has been approved by another Canadian bar (i.e. the Law Society of Upper Canada or the Law Society of British Columbia) regardless of: (1) whether or not the member of the Québec Bar is a member of that other bar; and (2) whether or not this training activity is offered by the bar itself or by a supplier accredited by that bar.

Saskatchewan

Law Society of Saskatchewan

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
All active members will be required to accumulate a minimum of 12 CPD hours annually, with the first term ending December 31, 2020. Not less than 2 of the required hours must pertain to 'ethics' hours. Upon viewing a course, you must submit a law society CPD application for approval. Lawyers decide for themselves which CPD content is relevant to their practice. LSS does not require CPD providers to be accredited with their organizations in order to offer CPDs to their members. The courses listed on LearnFormula are verifiable for CPD and can be counted towards the annual CPD requirement. It is up to the professional to determine whether the activity qualifies as eligible towards their CPD requirement.

Yukon

Law Society of Yukon

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12/ year
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Unaccredited
Each Lawyer must complete 12 hours of CPD annually. These 12 hours can be in any area of “Substantive” or “Professionalism” content. The Law Society of Yukon does not formally accredit providers or pre-approve any programs for CPD reporting purposes. Instead, it is up to practising members to determine that the specific CPD activity meets the Law Society of Yukon’s requirements. If so, practising members can claim the CPD activity.
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