These practitioners may be:
• solicitors or FILEX who hold a practising certificate, normally free of conditions,
• barristers in independent practice or
• non-solicitors employed in a practice or an organisation that is regulated by the OISC or SRA.
Membership of the scheme is mandatory for practitioners advising under a Legal Aid Agency contract and encouraged for other practitioners as an independent kitemark of high standards and competency.
Central Law Training works with the Law Society to assess competency for practitioners seeking IAAS accreditation.
How do I gain accreditation under the IAAS?
In order to achieve accreditation, you must:
• Demonstrate that you have the required level of competence and can deliver good quality, practical advice. This is assessed under exam conditions; and then
• Pass vetting checks carried out by the Law Society Accreditation Office to ensure that you are a fit and proper person.
Once you have passed both the assessment and the vetting checks, you can apply to the Law Society Accreditation Office for membership to the scheme. You will find links to the application form and guidance notes here >
What level of knowledge and experience do I need to achieve accreditation?
Members of the IAAS are required to be fully accredited at Senior Caseworker level. If you do not feel ready to take the Senior Caseworker assessment, you may apply for interim accreditation as a Casework Assistant and, if successful, can practise at this stage for a maximum of 12 months. There is also a probationary stage, in which members may apply for accreditation as a Trainee Casework Assistant. Members can practise at this stage for a maximum of 9 months. Senior Caseworkers may also apply to accredit as Supervising Senior Caseworkers.
How can I find out more?
If you are considering applying for accreditation under the IAAS, it’s important that you read the Candidates' Guidance Notes. These provide information about the format of the assessments, the syllabus that forms the basis of the assessments and the permitted materials that you may take into the assessments. Please note that these are updated on a regular basis, so you should ensure that you refer to them as part of your exam preparation.
You should also download the Assessment Regulations available here >
Please read the FAQs below which provide further information about the IAAS. If you still have questions please contact us either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +44 (0)121 362 7735. Alternatively you may contact the Law Society email@example.com or by phone +44 (0)20 7320 5797.
The assessments at Casework Assistant, Senior Caseworker and Supervising Senior Caseworker level are held in February, June and October and results are emailed to candidates 35 working days later.
The assessments for Trainee Casework Assistants are held 6 times a year, and results are emailed to candidates within 10 working days.
Please bear in mind that once you have passed the assessment you will need to allow time for the Law Society to approve you as a fit and proper person before you achieve accreditation. This can take 4-6 weeks.
Details of the dates of forthcoming assessments can be found here >
The assessments are held at a venue in central London. Details are confirmed by email when you book a place.
All candidates will need to register with Central Law Training prior to taking their first assessment at a cost of £51.
The fees for the individual assessments are paid separately and are set out below. All fees are inclusive of VAT.
|Trainee Casework Assistant||£180.00|
|Supervising Senior Caseworker||£420.00|
The syllabus for the assessments is set out in the Candidates' Guidance Notes. These are updated well in advance of each round of assessments; please ensure that you read them carefully when preparing for the assessments
There is no appeal against the Assessment Board's academic judgment: its decision is final.
The only ground for an appeal is on the basis that the assessment has not been conducted in accordance with the syllabus laid down by the Law Society. If you want to appeal on these grounds, you must write to us within 7 days of receiving your results, detailing how you consider that the assessment has failed to comply with the syllabus. A fee of £250 + VAT is payable and will be refunded if the appeal is upheld. Appeals received out of time will not, under any circumstances be considered.
For more information please download the Assessment Regulations >
If you fail the assessment you can request detailed feedback on your paper to help you prepare to resit. Feedback must be requested within 7 days of results being received by email and a fee of £75 plus VAT is payable. If you wish to apply for feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form.
Yes – links to past exam papers can be found below. These papers can be used to prepare for the assessments but please note that the format of the exams and the permitted materials are subject to change so it is vital that you refer to the Candidates' Guidance Notes for the latest guidance.
Supervisors Timed Assessment
Supervisors Timed Assessment
Documents - Question 1
Documents - Question 3&4
* IMPORTANT: Please note that the permitted materials for the MCT, Level 1 and Level 2 examination may have changed from what is detailed in the Instructions to Candidates shown in these sample papers. Please refer to Examination Information for the guidance on permitted material.
If you are aware of a medical condition that might impact on you when taking an assessment please contact us as soon as possible and in any event no later than 20 working days before the assessment. We will need you to provide an appropriate medical certificate or psychological/needs assessment that is no more than 12 months old and refers to the nature and degree of the condition and recommendations as to its management during the assessment. Once we have this, we will ensure that, as far as is reasonably possible, any necessary arrangements are put in place. Further details of our policy on reasonable adjustments can be found here >
Details of the permitted materials are contained in the Candidates' Guidance Notes. This is updated from time to time so please check the list carefully before the assessment.
Please note that you cannot use any electronic devices (mobile phones, tablets etc) in the assessment, not even for timing purposes.
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