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Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Proposed Mandatory CPD Scheme (Circular No 048/2016)

Circular No 048/2016
Dated 24 Feb 2016

To Members of the Malaysian Bar

Frequently-Asked-Questions on the Proposed Mandatory CPD Scheme

The Continuing Professional Development (“CPD”) Scheme was implemented in July 2012, and applies to all Members of the Bar and pupils in chambers.  Since that time, a variety of mechanisms and structures have been put in place to create a platform for an effective CPD Scheme.  The first CPD cycle was from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014, and resulted in a total of 956 events being conducted during the 24-month cycle, with more than 32,000 registrations.

The second CPD cycle, which commenced on 1 July 2014 and will conclude on 30 June 2016, has already seen 835 events conducted to date, with more than 35,000 registrations.

While it is clear that the CPD Scheme has received a positive response, and the Scheme has benefited Members of the Bar and pupils in chambers, the time has come for a more concerted focus on the development of this Scheme.  The Bar Council has decided to make a financial commitment and invest in Members of the Bar, particularly those who are called to the Bar from 2011 onwards.  The decision to select this group is driven by budgetary considerations, as there are financial constraints on how many Members and pupils can be subsidised annually.

There are several key considerations regarding the proposal to implement a mandatory CPD Scheme in 2016.  We attach a list of Top 10 Frequently-Asked-Questions (“FAQs”) with this circular, which we hope will address these considerations.  Please click here for a more detailed set of FAQs. 

Should you have any enquiries, feedback or views regarding the proposed mandatory CPD Scheme, please direct them to the CPD Department by telephone at 03-2050 2111, or by email at

Thank you.

Richard Wee Thiam Seng
Professional Standards and Development Committee