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What is the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation Scheme?
The Immigration and Asylum Accreditation provides recognised quality standards for asylum practitioners. Is it designed to cover all aspects of asylum law. Accreditation covers all practitioners providing advice under a legal aid contract and can be used as a quality mark for privately funded work.
Who is membership for?
The accreditation is designed for practitioners with differing levels of experience of immigration and asylum practice:
- solicitors or FILEX who hold a practising certificate, normally free of conditions
- barristers in independent practice
- non-solicitors employed in a practice or an organisation that is regulated by the OISC or SRA
And who are able to demonstrate awareness and knowledge of asylum law at several levels:
- Assistant Caseworker
- Senior Caseworker
- Senior Caseworker (Supervisor)
Expected Standards of Competence
Achieving accreditation is based on two elements.
- Pass the competency standards relevant to the level of accreditation to be maintained, which set out the key knowledge and skills that advisers should have. Standards are designed to reflect the issues encountered by practitioners, rather than knowledge of specific case law and ensure that those who are accredited are able to deliver good quality, practical advice.
- Meet fitness and propriety standards by passing vetting checks carried out by the Law Society Accreditation Office
Once the competency standards and fitness and propriety checks are satisfied, the Law Society Accreditation Office will grant membership to the scheme.
To apply for accreditation for all levels, you need to complete and pass the relevant examination. Central Law Training is the approved assessment organisation to carry out the examinations.
Information about the examinations can be found under Examination Information.
Further information with regards to membership and achieving accreditation can be found on the Law Society website.
Central Law Training cannot give advice on what level you should choose or Law Society membership.