CPD Guide

What is a CPD Cycle? 


A CPD cycle will run for 24 months. The present CPD cycle started on 1 July 2020, and it will be concluded on 30 June 2022.


Failure to comply with the CPD requirements may result in penalty fines being imposed, but this can only take effect when the Legal Profession Act 1976 has been amended. Presently, non-compliance with the CPD requirements will not affect the renewal of Sijil Annual/Practising Certificate.


What are the Approved CPD Activities? 


The CPD activities are viewed as learning opportunities that suit your professional goals, and are verifiable by documentation. Please refer to the current CPD Guidelines for guidance on what may and may not qualify as a CPD activity.


How Many CPD Points That Should be Obtained?  




In each CPD cycle, lawyers are required to obtain at least 16 CPD points. A maximum of 5 extra CPD points can be transferred to the next CPD cycle, if they have meet the minimum requirement.


Pupils in Chambers


In the 9-month pupillage, pupils in chambers are required to obtain at least 8 CPD points. A maximum of 5 extra CPD points can be transferred to the CPD cycle when they have become a Member, if they have meet the minimum requirement. Depending on the date of admission to the Malaysian Bar, they will have to obtain the remaining CPD points based on a prorated basis.


How to Claim CPD Points for CPD Activities Organised by External Organisations?


Please complete the CPD Record Sheet to claim your CPD points for participating in CPD activities organised by external organisations only that are not Bar Council or State Bar Committees.


What is the Attendance Policy?


The attendance policy mandates that the CPD points assigned to a CPD activity will not be awarded if you:

  • arrive more than 15 minutes late;
  • are not present throughout the CPD activity; or
  • leave before its scheduled end.


Lawyers and pupils in chambers are strongly encouraged to comply with the attendance policy. If you would like to submit an appeal for lateness, please send it to the CPD Department by email at cpd@malaysianbar.org.my.



Under the current CPD Guidelines, you are eligible to apply for exemption from the CPD Scheme if you have fulfilled any of the criteria below:

  • Aged 75 years old and above with at least 10 years of legal practice;
  • Suffer from serious health conditions; or
  • Have at least 30 years of legal practice.


Please click here to download the application form. Kindly submit the completed form to the CPD Department by email at cpd@malaysianbar.org.my.


CPD Resolutions and Related Circulars 


CPD Resolutions Adopted at the Annual General Meeting






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