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CPD from your desk

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Cite as: March 2013 87 (3) LIJ, p.14

More and more practitioners are choosing to complete their CPD requirements remotely, without leaving the office.

LIV general manager education Kerry Curtin said there had been a steady increase in CPD participants choosing videoconferencing as their preferred option.

“Not having to attend in person eliminates expensive and unnecessary travel time,” she said.

Registrations for videoconference attendance jumped by 33 per cent last year to 767 participants.

Twenty-five per cent of delegates at a January seminar on essential skills participated by videoconference.

“There is no need to leave the office,” Ms Curtin said. “Participation is by a computer and telephone line. This suits a flexible workforce, particularly practitioners who are also raising families.”

“Videoconferencing also enriches the content available for suburban and regional practitioners who may have previously relied solely on local activities.”

Geelong-based solicitor Patricia Yates said she hoped the LIV would expand the range of programs available this way.

“This is terrific for me as an out of town practitioner and I have highly recommended this mode of attendance to other solicitors in the office,” the Deakin University solicitor said. “There are many seminars we would like to attend, but the travel time plus time out of the office is a real barrier.”

When registering for CPD seminars, select the videoconference option. The day before, the LIV will email you details for logging on.

This includes a link to access the visual (the presenter) and a toll-free number to access the audio. A separate email will be sent with any presenter notes or slides which can be printed off for note-taking during the seminar.

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