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We’ve received contact from several ACC Australia members who had registered for CPD events, which have since been cancelled due to the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they are now scrambling to attain their final points in time for the 31 March deadline. If you too are struggling to bridge the gap, here’s some good news for you.
As a response to the unexpected cancellation to live events, many of the law societies and institutes have made allowances to help you meet your annual CPD quota. The New South Wales Law Society and Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner, for example, will not be enforcing the five-point cap on private study of audio/visual material where the content is specifically designed for the purpose of updating a solicitor’s knowledge and/or skills relevant to their practice.
Australian Capital Territory’s rules remain unchanged, however, they already had unlimited units for “audio/video/online presentation or other educational activity” in place. Likewise, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia have not made adjustments, however, they have several eLearning courses, webinars and online resources available, although most of these are aimed at private practice and litigation. Tasmania’s rules remain unchanged, however, they do have an exemption process which you could claim under these unprecedented circumstances.
CPD Tailored to In-House Lawyers
You will find ample to help you fulfil your CPD requirements at the ACC Online Education library. Containing over 600 on-demand webinars providing CPD credit across 30 different substantive law areas, the ACC Online learning library provides a valuable professional development resource for our valued members.
As ACC Australia prepares to migrate to our exciting new online platform over coming weeks, it’s important to note that in order to access the Online Education Library immediately, members must login to acc.com via their login credentials. If you’re unable to login, you can reset your password as shown below. Alternatively, if you’re still having difficulties, please contact ACC Australia via 1300 558550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 steps to access the ACC Online Learning library
Step 1: Login to acc.com (note your login credentials may be different to those of your ACC Australia account (www.acla.acc.com). If you’re unable to login to acc.com you can reset your password here.
Step 2: Click once on the Education & Events tab and then click on Online Education (checking your name is showing towards the top right-hand corner of the page). Scroll down to Explore Programs by Interest Area or by Region. Click on a webinar title to learn more and select ‘Add to Cart’ to make your selection. Please ensure you choose the ‘Audit Only – Member Price’ selection.
Step 3: You’ll see your chosen webinar in your cart. You can choose to ‘Continue Shopping’ to make multiple selections. Once you’ve finished browsing, follow the prompts to Checkout. Then click ‘Complete Purchase’ to finalise the transaction.
Note: ACC webinars are free for ACC Australia members. However, depending on the webinar, you may be prompted to enter a US postcode from the dropdown and a zipcode. Please provide any entry to these text boxes to allow you to finalise the webinar registration.
You can then click on ‘Access my Account’ to have access to records and slides if you wish to view immediately. Alternatively, you will also receive an email with instructions to access the recording at a later date.
While we complete the migration to our new online platform, any completed ACC webinars will need to be manually added to your ACC Australia CPD Tracker.
Challenge times require changing approaches
With the prospect of months ahead of social distancing for members, our programming team are currently exploring alternative methods of keeping your knowledge up to date. We welcome input into what we can provide to keep you feeling supported and connected.
On behalf of ACC Australia we look forward to continuing to support our valued members during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and we look forward to resuming our normal CPD service delivery when it is safe to do so for ACC Australia members, sponsors, supporters and staff.