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As it's National Conveyancing Week, we thought now was the ideal time to sit down with our resident expert Michelle Timms and answer some of the hottest questions about the industry, training and the future!

With nearly 20 years’ experience in the conveyancing industry, Michelle is a qualified Licensed Conveyancer and was previously a Legal Director at a busy conveyancing firm. Michelle also has taught Level 4 and Level 6 Diplomas in Conveyancing Law and Practice for 12 years and still retains some tutoring responsibilities.

In our second of three Q&As, we asked Michelle about how to become a conveyancer, including the different routes to conveyancing and how long it may take.

Becoming a conveyancer

How do I become a conveyancer?

There’s a very clear training path to becoming a licensed conveyancer.

Firstly, you will need to obtain a qualification, such as a Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice, followed by a Level 6 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice, both of which you can gain by doing an apprenticeship. Additionally, you’ll need to gain practical experience working in conveyancing under the supervision of a licensed conveyancer or solicitor.

After completing the necessary qualifications and gaining practical experience, you can apply to become a licensed conveyancer through the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (CLC).

How long is a conveyancing apprenticeship?

A conveyancing apprenticeship typically lasts around two years, during which time apprentices learn about the legal aspects of property transactions, the conveyancing process, and how to effectively communicate with clients and other professionals involved in the process. Apprentices also gain practical experience by working alongside experienced conveyancers and assisting with real-life cases.

It is important to note that the length of a conveyancing apprenticeship can vary depending on your training provider and the speed at which you progress. Some apprentices complete the programme in less time if they demonstrate a high level of aptitude and dedication to their studies.

What’s the difference between studying a conveyancing apprenticeship and studying a Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing?

Studying a conveyancing apprenticeship and studying a Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing both provide valuable qualifications for individuals looking to pursue a career in the field of conveyancing.

The main difference between the two lies in the structure and format of the programs. A conveyancing apprenticeship typically involves a combination of on-the-job training and a qualification, with the apprentice gaining practical experience alongside theoretical knowledge. 

On the other hand, a Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law is a more focused and intensive course that provides in-depth knowledge of the legal principles and practices involved in conveyancing.

Ultimately, both pathways can lead to a successful career as a Licensed Conveyancer. However, the choice between an apprenticeship and a diploma will depend on individual preferences, learning styles, and funding.

What qualifications/experience do I need to study a conveyancing apprenticeship?

To study a conveyancing apprenticeship, in the UK, you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English and maths. Some employers may also require A-levels or equivalent qualifications. Additionally, it is beneficial to have strong communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work well under pressure.

Experience in a legal or property-related field is also necessary when applying for a conveyancing apprenticeship.

It is important to note that while these qualifications and experiences are generally required, individual employers may have their own specific criteria for apprenticeship positions.

How long does it take to become a licensed conveyancer?

The length of time it takes to become a Licensed Conveyancer will vary depending on your individual circumstances. On average, it takes two to three years to complete the necessary qualifications and gain the required experience. However, this timeframe depends on factors such as your existing qualifications, the amount of time you can dedicate to studying, and the availability of relevant work experience opportunities.

It’s important to note that the information provided here is a general estimate and may not apply to every individual.

Can I retrain as a conveyancer as a second (or third) career?

Yes, it’s possible to retrain as a conveyancer at any age. To become a conveyancer, you need to obtain an approved qualification such as a Level 4 Diploma in Conveyancing Law and Practice, which can be done through an apprenticeship, allowing you to earn while you train.

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