Conveyancers Continuing Education (CEE)
In order to meet the regulatory requirements for Conveyancers, as from 1st July 2014 it will be mandatory for Registered and Practicing Conveyancers to engage in continuing education in accordance with the CCE Rules. Conveyancers will provide a declaration at the end of the practising year that compliance with the CCE Rules has been met. This declaration will form part of the application for renewal of registration and/or practicing certificate for July 2015 onwards.
The requirements for CCE have been set at:
- 10 hours of relevant education and/or activities in the practising year.
- 5 or more hours of which must be verifiable education.
- 5 or less hours of which may be activities that are non-verifiable.
- Conveyancers are to record their own education and activities for inspection if required.
Education and activities can come from a wide range of sources.
Verifiable education can include:
- Formal education by an NZQA accredited provider (i.e polytechnic)
- Courses, seminars or training for which you receive a certificate of completion;
- Attending the NZSoC's Annual General Meeting & Conference;
- Webinars and distance learning programmes delivered by approved providers.
(a list of approved providers will be included in the CCE Rules)
Non-verifiable activities can include:
- Participation in courses, seminars, training for other professional bodies or for personal professional development
- Distance learning programmes and webinars from non approved providers;
- Lecturing, teaching or instructing (including reasonable preparation time);
- Writing law-related books, articles or preparing and completing legal submissions;
- Attending other meetings and conferences (including attendance at the NZSoC AGM).
The CCE Rules will not be prescriptive and will allow the Conveyancer to meet any areas of their own professional development according to individual interests and needs. The Education Committee will endeavour to provide our members with links to educational opportunities as and when these become available.
The CCE Rules are currently being completed which will provide for a full outline of the requirements, definitions, auditing provisions and cross crediting (ie. from legal executives who are also registered conveyancers).