Entry requirements

Successful completion of CILEx Professional Qualification (CPQ) - Foundation Stage.

Trainees with a Law Degree or equivalent can also enter CPQ at Advanced stage.

Months of entry


Course content

The CILEX Professional Qualification (CPQ) is the route to becoming a CILEX Paralegal, CILEX Advanced Paralegal, or CILEX Lawyer. It is a competency-based qualification framework, that has core legal knowledge and commercial awareness at its heart. Each stage combines a focus on technical expertise and practical skills with the development of the core behaviours required to create forward-thinking, commercially minded, adaptable lawyers who really understand the clients they serve.

The CPQ Advanced stage will build upon the skills and competencies attained by learners who have completed and achieved the Foundation stage assessments. Learners who have completed their Foundation stage and their required Professional Experience requirement will become accredited CILEX Paralegals.

The Advanced course will emphasise the professional competencies expected of this stage through applied legal knowledge, decision making, legal analysis of a client’s problem and be solution focused.

Law Training Centres supported distance-learning model is a flexible approach to studying CILEx units. It blends the best of e-Learning and tutor support enabling you to study at your own pace with unlimited support from our experienced tutors

Course features

The course will feature practice-oriented coaching and support from highly experienced tutors and subject experts to place the emphasis on current undertakings and methods within the legal services sector. Learners can supplement their core CILEx study with current practice awareness, dialogue, and reports on current changes within the legal sector as it affects them in their roles.

This couse will also include:

  • Course access and support: 18-month access per individual unit to all e-learning materials and tutor support
  • Unlimited tutor support and your queries answered within 24 hours
  • A step-by-step study plan, setting out a suggested programme of study for your unit.
  • (NUS Extra) discount card- access to all TOTUM offers

Career Prospects

If you are interested in working in the legal profession, the CPQ offers a structured, progressive training route that will enable you to qualify as a CILEx Paralegal, CILEx Advanced Paralegal or CILEx Lawyer.

After completing this course you will achieve the title of CILEx Advanced Paralegal. Completion of this stage provides the qualification required to complete the CPQ Professional Stage which upon completion gives you the title of CILEx Lawyer.

Course Content

4 mandatory units:

  • Professional and Legal Skills
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Law and Litigation
  • Property and Conveyancing

Plus 1 additional module:

  • Business and Employment Law*
  • Family Law and Practice
  • Wills, Probate and Private Client*

*Please note that we are not offering enrolment for these units.

Professional Experience

Please note – Learners on the CPQ Advanced stage are also required to evidence their competence via the Professional Experience portfolio and to complete the second of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility e-learning modules.

Trainees entering directly at this stage will also be required to complete Ethics and Professional Responsibility part 1.

Course Assessment

CPQ Advanced- next exam sittings will be in January and June 2022. You can decide when to sit the exam – you do not need to choose the next sitting after starting your course.

Each CPQ module has one assessment, with the exception of the skills modules at the Advanced stage, which has two assessments.

Exam fees: CILEx requires learners to pay the relevant fee for each exam they enter, regardless of which training provider they study with. For further information about exam fees, you can reach out to CILEx directly here.

Please note that prior to taking the exam, CILEx requires that candidates must have studied each relevant unit at an accredited centre.

Overseas students are welcome, but please note that overseas students must make exam arrangements in their country of residence. They must also get approval from CILEx directly and well in advance – please see the Overseas Student’ page here

Exemptions and recognition of prior learning

Exemptions can be obtained through CILEx. For more information on this, visit the CILEx Exemptions page here.

How long does the qualification take?

Learners will complete CPQ stages at their own pace. The time it takes to teach each stage is dependent on the delivery model of individual training providers. However, we estimate that it should take18 months to two years to complete CPQ Advanced stage.

When and how to enrol

Admissions are welcome year-round.

If you would like to enrol, please visit our course page here and request for an enrolment form. Please return your completed enrolment form to info@ltckent.co.uk to be processed.

Information for international students

We accept appplications from international students as this course can be studied anywhere in the world. As long as you have a UK bank account to set up direct debits for instalments. If you are an overseas learner, you will need to fill out a form before setting up instalments.

Fees and funding

UK students

Course fees- £3,000.00

Interest-free instalment options and discounts are available.

Additional Exam and Membership fees are payable to CILEx. (For full details of additional CILEx costs, please contact CILEx directly on +44 (0) 1234 841 000 )

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Diploma
    18 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations6

Course contact details

Law Training Centre
0330 088 8495