Supervised Workplace Training
Supervised Workplace Training is a 12-month period of supervised training under an eligible supervisor during which the trainee must acquire an appropriate understanding of and competence in a number of practice areas. These training requirements are set out in Schedule 3 of the Rules, which prescribe some 220 performance criteria. Most of these competencies can be completed through either internal or external training. The exceptions are Ethics and Professional Responsibility, which must be completed through an approved Practical Legal Training (PLT) provider, and Lawyers Skills together with the Risk Management element of Work Management and Business Skills, which must be completed through an approved PLT provider or another provider approved by the Board.
Please note: It is not possible to commence SWT until an appropriate academic law course has been completed by the candidate and results have been published indicating all requirements of the course have been passed. It is necessary to graduate in the academic course prior to applying for admission. It is, however, possible to commence PLT prior to graduation as long as the course has been completed.
Within one month of commencing Supervised Workplace Training, the following documents must be submitted to the Board for approval:
1. Executed training plan as set out in Schedule 15 – Form of Training Plan (2008 Rules) (pdf 202 KB)
2. Schedule 4 – Employers – Affidavit Verifying Supervised Workplace Training (2008 Rules) (pdf 17 KB)
3. Supervisor’s Affidavit – see Practice Direction No. 4 of 2008 (Persons Eligible to be a Supervisor) (pdf 15 KB)
4. Evidence that you have obtained the academic qualifications required under Rule 2.01, Legal Profession (Admission) Rules 2008. You must arrange for an academic transcript to be sent directly to the Board by the educational institution.
The requirements for entering into SWT and the expectations during the traineeship are set out in Practice Direction No. 2 of 2009 (Supervised Workplace Training – The Prescribed Competencies) (pdf 21 KB).
A file or workbook must be maintained which records the trainee's completion of each task which demonstrates competence in an Element. Information in that file should contain the date the task was completed, a description of the task and a reference to the client file which enables verification of the trainee's work. The supervisor or other responsible person should sight and sign off that record on a regular basis. At the conclusion of the traineeship, the supervisor should check off the entries in the file against the required competencies to ensure that all Elements have been completed. At the time of filing final documents, Supervised Workplace Trainees must produce the record of completion of tasks which demonstrate competency in each element of the Training Plan. An example of a workbook is available. SWT Workbook (DOC 625KB).
A person may not be the supervisor of more than one trainee at the same time without the prior approval of the Board. Please see Practice Direction No. 3 of 2008 (Permitted Number of Trainees) (pdf 15 KB).
Ethics and Professional Responsibility must be taught by an approved PLT Provider (Rule 3.09(1)(c)).
Lawyer’s Skills and the Risk Management element of Work Management and Business Skills must be taught by an approved PLT provider or by another provider approved by the Board for that purpose (Rule 3.09(1)(d)). Practice Direction No. 1 of 2013 (Application for Approval as Training Provider) (pdf 45 KB).
Once an employer has been approved to provide training in Lawyer's Skills and/or Risk Management that approval will be ongoing, provided that the employer exhibits a copy of the approved application to the training plan (Schedule 15) of any future supervised workplace trainees. Practice Direction No. 1 of 2013 (Application for Approval as Training Provider) (pdf 45 KB).
Some employers may not be able to adequately provide training in any of the optional areas due to the nature of their practice. In this case, the employer may apply to the Board for approval to provide training in a different nominated practice area. Practice Direction No. 1 of 2013 (Application for Approval as Training Provider) (pdf 45 KB).
Once an employer has been approved to provide training in an alternative optional practice area that approval will be ongoing, provided that the employer exhibits a copy of the approved application to the training plan (Schedule 15) of any future supervised workplace trainees.
The trainee must also file an affidavit seeking dispensation in accordance with Rule 5.07(b)(ii) to allow variation to Rule 3.01(b)(i) to include an alternative optional practice area.
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