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How to Become a
licensed Conveyancer

Whether you're already working as a conveyancer or considering becoming one, there are a number of steps you need to take in order to become licensed by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers.

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So, how do I become a Licensed Conveyancer?

The path to becoming a Licensed Conveyancer is a fairly straightforward one. It mixes both academic learning and hands-on experience to give you the knowledge and the practical skills that you need to succeed in the world of conveyancing.

If you want to find out more about the basics of conveyancing before you start your journey to becoming fully-licensed, you might be better suited to our to Conveyancing: An Introduction for Property Professionals short course.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of conveyancing law and practice, looking in greater detail at contracts and leases between landlords and tenants, learning how to draw up deeds, and how to manage conveyancing transactions and accounts.

Once you’ve achieved your Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice and gained the necessary practical experience you can apply for your CLC licence and become a fully qualified Licensed Conveyancer.

If you've already fully or partially achieved a legal qualification, take a look at our exemption guide below as you may be eligible for exemptions of some modules. 

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Steps in Becoming a Conveyancer

The starting point is the Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice, which is approved by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).

This qualification is the equivalent to the first year of a degree (although far less expensive) and consists of five modules covering the English legal system, contract law, land law, conveyancing transactions, and accounting procedures.

The Level 4 Diploma is typically studied over 18-24 months.

Once you have achieved the Level 4 Diploma, the next step is to gain your Level 6 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice.

Equivalent to the final year of a degree, the Level 6 Diploma covers landlords and tenants, conveyancing law and practice, and managing client and office accounts.

The course typically takes 21-30 months, depending on your subject knowledge, experience, and time set aside for study.

In addition to the qualifications above, you will also need to complete 1,200 hours of practical experience. The scope of employment is broad – if you're not already employed within the sector, visit the Society of Licensed Conveyancers job board.

The hours can be undertaken whilst studying and can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time.

Once you have the above qualifications and have completed your 1,200 hours, you can apply to the CLC for your First Qualifying License. Alongside proof of the above, you will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of your personal identity e.g. passport
  • Proof of your current address (two types are required) e.g. utility bill, bank statement, mortgage statement, driving licence.

Fimd out more about applying for your First Qualifying License.

A guide to SQA CLC qualification exemptions

Depending on your qualification achievements, you may be eligible for full or partial exemption from one or more units.

If you hold a qualifying Law degree (BA with Law or GDL) obtained in England and Wales, exemptions may be likely to allow you progress to Level 6.

If you hold an internationally recognised Law degree, you may be eligible to progress to Level 6.

If you have passed units within a Law degree but didn’t complete it, you may be eligible for partial exemption from Level 4.

If you hold a valid LPC, you may be eligible for an exemption from the Level 4 and may be eligible for partial exemption from some Level 6 units.

If you have a Level 3, Level 4 or Level 6 CILEX qualification, you may be eligible for some exemptions.

If you have a Level 3, Level 4 or Level 6 CILEX qualification, you may be eligible for some exemptions.

If you have a Level 3, Level 4 or Level 6 CILEX qualification, you may be eligible for some exemptions.

If you have achieved other legal qualifications not already listed, you may be eligible for exemptions.

We always recommend getting in touch to discuss your situation further.

For more information, or for help and advice, please complete our enquiry form or call one of our friendly Qualification Advisors

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