Firstly, with two exceptions (see “eLearning” and “Published Articles” below), the FORMAT of all CPD courses you attend must be in a “Group”, i.e. not done alone. In other words, the term ‘Group Study’ is used to describe the FORMAT which ALL CPD education / training must take (with the aforesaid eLearning and Published Articles exceptions), whereas the terms ‘General’ or ‘Management’ or ‘Regulatory Matters’ describes the CONTENT or subject matter of the education / training course.
Therefore, ‘Group Study‘ simply means that the FORMAT of the course must consist of “an organised session of continuing professional development undertaken in a group of three or more persons that lasts for a period of not less then thirty minutes” (calculated excluding the time spent at breaks or registration), and as applies to all CPD, it must “be in a form that can be objectively verified”.
Examples of ‘Group Study’ include “lectures; workshops; seminars; tutorials; video-conferenced lectures / tutorials or diploma or certificate courses”.
Group Study may take place within or outside Ireland, and it does not need to be in groups that are comprised of solicitors.