LAW SOCIETY OF ONTARIO
CPD ACCREDITATION
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CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) ACCREDITATION
Application for Accreditation Program (for Professionalism Content only)
Application Instructions
Review the detailed instructions for applications for accreditation on the CPD Accreditation Process page
and Sample CPD Accreditation Applications.
Submit a completed copy of this Application form by email to cpdacc@lso.ca and attach the program
agenda.
Indicate “Expedited Review Request” (described below) in the subject line of the email if applying for this
special consideration.
Accreditation Processing and Deadlines
The Law Society deals with a high volume of Applications and the standard processing time for
accreditation Applications is approximately 15 business days of receipt of the Application. Incomplete
Applications may require additional processing time.
Applications for accreditation for Professionalism Hours may be submitted at any time prior to or following
the program. Applications must be completed and submitted by no later than 30 days prior to the
program date in order to facilitate accreditation in advance of the delivery of the program.
Applicants must not indicate in their promotional materials or agenda that a program is eligible for
Professionalism Hours (including that an application for accreditation has been submitted or that
accreditation is pending) until the Applicant has received a Notice of Accreditation from the Law Society
for the program.
Expedited Review Request (If Applicable)
Special consideration will only be granted in circumstances where a program is being expedited to
provide licensees with timely information on significant changes in the law, procedure or policy. The Law
Society may not be able to accommodate last minute program changes and marketing schedules.
I am requesting an expedited review of this application.
Explain the reason(s) for the expedited review request:
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CPD02 10/2018
Application for Accreditation Program
Section 1: Provider and Program Information
Provider Name:
Contact Name and Title:
Contact Phone:
Contact Email:
Program Title:
Program Location:
Program Date(s):
Pr
ogram Format (select all that apply):
Live In-Person Live Webcast Live Audio
Interactive Online Course
Podcast
Videoconference On-Demand DVD/Video
Other (please specify):
Explain how the program provides opportunities for interactivity:
Section 2: Accreditation Information
In order to qualify for accreditation for Professionalism Hours, programs must address topics of
professional responsibility, ethics, practice management and/or equality, diversity and inclusion.
Applicants are encouraged to review the Accreditation Criteria for Professionalism Hours prior to
completing this section of the Application.
I have attached an agenda for the program.
1. Explain the learning objective(s) of the program:
2. Describe the audience for the program (e.g., lawyers, paralegals, support staff):
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ABC Provider
(123) 456-7890
ABC Provider Contact, CPD Program Developer
contact@abcprovider.ca
A Matter of Trust: Understanding Financial Books and Records
Law Society of Ontario, Osgoode Hall
February 19, 2018
Attendees who take part in this program live in-person or by webcast will have an opportunity to
interact with colleagues and/or instructors and ask questions during the program.
The objective of this program is to educate Ontario paralegals about the crucial financial management
component of their practice with an emphasis on client trust obligations.
This program is designed for licensed paralegals. Law clerks, support staff and some lawyers will also
be in attendance.
Application for Accreditation Program
3.
Set out the relevant information about program duration (e.g., __ hours and __ minutes; 15 minute
minimum):
Total program hours allocated to equality, diversity and inclusion topics (if any):
Total program hours allocated to all other professionalism topics:
4. Provide the information requested below for each session(s) that you are seeking accreditation for
Professionalism Hours, including identifying the applicable professionalism topic(s) and
describing the connection between the content and the professionalism topic(s).
Only those sessions of the program that are listed and described as required will be assessed for
accreditation for Professionalism Hours. If the program contains more than three sessions that
include professionalism content, describe those additional sessions in Appendix “A” to this
Application.
Session 1:
Title/Description:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (“EDI”)
Professionalism Hours
All other Professionalism Hours (excluding
EDI Professionalism Hours)
Professionalism Topic(s):
Brief description of the connection between content and Professionalism Topic(s):
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N/A
1.5 hours
Financial Books and Records Overview
30 mins.
1.8 (Trust accounting and financial record keeping requirements)
2.13 (Handling client property and money appropriately)
3.7 (Maintaining proper books and records)
This session will identify and discuss the trust accounting and financial record keeping requirements
outlined in By-Law 8 (Reporting and Filing Requirements) and By-Law 9 (Financial Transactions and
Records). Specifically, attendees will learn what books and records they need to maintain, how to
handle cash and how to set up a trust account.
Please see the attached agenda for additional details.
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Session 2:
Title/Description:
EDI Professionalism Hours
All other Professionalism Hours (excluding
EDI Professionalism Hours)
Professionalism Topic(s):
Brief description of the connection between content and Professionalism Topic(s):
Session 3:
Title/Description:
EDI Professionalism Hours
All other Professionalism Hours
(excluding EDI Professionalism Hours)
Professionalism Topic(s):
Brief description of the connection between content and Professionalism Topic(s):
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Detailed Required Financial Records Discussion
30 mins.
1.8 (Trust accounting and financial record keeping requirements)
3.7 (Maintaining proper books and records)
This session will provide an in-depth review of the financial records required under section 18 of
By-Law 9 (Financial Transactions and Records). The discussion will centre on the books and records
paralegals are required to maintain for both their general and trust accounts.
Please see the attached agenda for additional details.
Tying it all Together: Reconciliation, Other Records and Engagement Exercise
30 mins.
1.8 (Trust accounting and financial record keeping requirements)
3.7 (Maintaining proper books and records)
This session will address the obligation to keep adequate books and records in accordance with
sections 18 and 22 of By-Law 9 (Financial Transactions and Records), including preparing a monthly
trust reconciliation, recording and preserving source documents and maintaining a record of invoices.
This session will also include an audience engagement exercise designed to reinforce learning and
provide an opportunity for discussion.
Please see the attached agenda for additional details.
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Section 3: Accreditation of Teaching Hours
If the program contains more than two presenters, include information about the additional presenters in
Appendix “B” to this Application.
I am requesting accreditation of teaching hours for this program.
List the following information for each presenter for whom accreditation of teaching hours is sought:
Presenter 1:
Name:
Law Society Number:
Email address:
Session present
ed and actual teaching time:
Total teaching time requested (up to three times t
he actual teaching time to reflect actual preparation
time, up to a maximum
of six hours per year):
Presenter 2:
Name:
Law Society Number:
Email address:
Session presented and
actual teaching time:
Total teaching time requested (up to three times the actual teaching time to reflect actual preparation
time, up to a maximum of six hours per year):
Section 4: Declaration
Please check the applicable box.
Application submitted before program date.
By submitting this Application, I confirm that the professionalism content requested will be
completed in accordance with the materials and information provided. If the content varies from
that which is presented in this Application and/or the accreditation granted, I agree to notify the
Law Society immediately in order to adjust the credit available for the program.
Application submitted after program date.
By submitting this Application, I confirm that the professionalism credit requested was completed
in the program.
Name: Date:
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Speaker One
12345A
sone@email.com
Sessions 1, 2 and 3, 1.5 hours
4.5 hours
Speaker Two
45678B
stwo@email.com
Session 1, 0.5 hours
1.5 hours
ABC Provider Contact, CPD Program Developer
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CPD02 10/2018 Appendix B
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD) ACCREDITATION
Application for Accreditation Program AppendixB
Additional Presenter Information for Accreditation of Teaching Hours
Completion of this Appendix is only required if the Applicant is seeking accreditation of teaching hours for
more than two presenters. Appendix “B” should be sent with the completed Application for Accreditation
Program form by email to cpdacc@lso.ca.
Presenter 3:
Name:
Law Society Number:
Email address:
Session presented and actual teaching time:
Total teaching time
requested (up to three times the actual teaching time to reflect actual preparation
time, up to a maximum of six hours per year):
Presenter 4:
Name:
Law Society Number:
Email address:
Session presented and actual teaching time:
Total teaching time requested (up to three times the actual teaching time to reflect actual preparation
time, up to a maximum of six hours per year):
Presenter 5:
Name:
Law Society Number:
Email address:
Session presented and actual teaching time:
Total teaching time requested (up to three times the actual teaching time to reflect actual preparation
time, up to a maximum of six hours per year):
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Speaker Three
91011C
sthree@email.com
Session 2, 0.5 hours
1.5 hours
1
SAMPLE PROGRAM AGENDA
A MATTER OF TRUST: UNDERSTANDING FINANCIAL BOOKS & RECORDS
TOPIC: FINA
NCIAL BOOKS AND RECORDS OVERVIEW
Professionalism Content: 30 minutes
Professionalism Topics covered in this presentation:
1.8 (Trust accounting and financial record keeping requirements)
2.13 (Handling client property and money appropriately)
3.7 (Maintaining proper books and records)
Legis
lation and By-Laws covered in this presentation:
By-Law 9, section 18 (required books and records)
By-Law 9, section 19 (handling of cash in the practice)
By-Law 8, subsection 4(1)5 (trust accounts in the practice, notifying Law Society)
By-Law 8, subsection 1 (separate interest-bearing trust account)
By-Law 9, section 21 (electronic records)
By-Law 9, section 23 (retention of financial records)
In this section, the following topics will be addressed:
Why Keep Books and Records
o Professional
o Ethical
o Business
The Bookkeeping Guide for Paralegals!
Why cash is different (Cash Receipt Requirements)
Credit Card payments
How to set up a trust account
How to see if you got it right
TOPIC: REQUIRED FINANCIAL BOOKS AND RECORDS
Professionalism Content: 30 minutes
Professionalism Topics covered in this presentation:
1.8 (Trust accounting and financial record keeping requirements)
3.7 (Maintaining proper books and records)
Legislation and By-Laws covered in this presentation:
By-Law 9, section 18 (required books and records)
By-Law 9, section 22 (maintaining current books and records)
In this section, we will review in depth the financial records required by Section 18 of By-
Law 9, including (but not limited to):
General Receipts Journal
General Disbursements Journal
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Trust Receipts Journal
Trust Disbursements Journal
Client Trust Ledger
Trust Transfer Record
TOPIC
: TYING IT ALL TOGETHER: RECONCILIATION, OTHER RECORDS & ENGAGEMENT EXERCISE
Professionalism Content: 30 minutes
Professionalism Topics covered in this presentation:
1.8 (Trust accounting and financial record keeping requirements)
3.7 (Maintaining proper books and records)
Legis
lation and By-Laws covered in this presentation:
By-Law 9, section 18 (required books and records)
By-Law 9, section 22 (maintaining current books and records)
In this section, we will address the following topics:
Monthly Trust Reconciliation, Client Trust Listing and Trust Comparison
Deposit Slips/Source Documents
o With deposit book
o ATM/Teller without deposit book
o E-mail deposits
o Internet Trust Transfers
Fees Book/Chronological File of Copies of Billings
We will also include an audience engagement exercise designed to reinforce learning,
and will allow for questions at the end of the section.