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In order to practise licensed conveyancers must pass the Council for Licensed Conveyancers - CLC Qualification . This includes:

  • registering as a student with the CLC;
  • spending at least two years in full-time practical training, working under the supervision of a qualified employer such as a solicitor or fully-qualified conveyancer;
  • passing the CLC examinations.

During the two-year training period, students study for the CLC examinations, either by part-time study or distance learning. The part-time courses are offered by some colleges of further education and other institutions. A list of accredited institutions and details of the distance learning course can be found the CLC website.

The course consists of two parts:

  • the foundation course - two subjects which are assessed by assignments and examinations (Introduction to Law and Legal Method, and Introduction to Conveyancing) and two examination subjects (Land Law and Law of Contract);
  • the final course - assignments and examinations on three subjects: Conveyancing Law and Practice, Landlord and Tenant, and Accounts.

Most students take three to four years to complete the practical training and exams, although it is possible to do it within two years. Once they have done this, licensed conveyancers become holders of the 'first licence', which allows them to offer services through an employer.

Qualified solicitors, chartered legal executives and law graduates are eligible for exemptions from all of the foundation-level examinations and some of the practical training. All exemptions, however, are dealt with on an individual basis by the CLC and require the submission of documentary evidence.

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Written by Gemma Halder, AGCAS
September 2014

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