Specialist Accreditation

The accreditation process comprises an assessment of your practice history and knowledge of the practice area for which you have applied for specialist accreditation.

Eligibility Criteria

To be successful in your application, you must be deemed to have met the eligibility criteria and perform satisfactorily in an assessment process.
The eligibility criteria for Accredited Specialist and Senior Accredited Specialist applicants differ but can be broadly expressed as:

  • have been admitted to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore
  • hold a currently valid practising certificate
  • have a minimum full-time post-qualification experience (PQE)
  • have NOT been subject to any professional disciplinary proceedings or charged and convicted of a serious crime
  • have been substantially involved in the full-time practice of the specialisation for which accreditation is sought
  • have been engaged in continuing professional development (CPD) in the said specialisation
  • provide favourable references
  • successfully complete an assessment process comprising an examination and/or a selection panel interview

For further information specific to the practice area for which you are seeking specialist accreditation, download the relevant guide for that practice areas:

Assessment Process

The appraisal will be carried out by a selection panel comprising judges and senior industry representatives.

The assessment process may vary between practice areas, but the general format is:

Assessment of applications
Examination (for Accredited Specialist candidates only)
Panel interview

To apply for specialist accreditation, download and complete the following forms:

Payment of all fees may be made via SAL-e or through your firm's Online Purchase Coordinator (OPC).

For the 2019 specialist accreditation programme, for those seeking to be an Accredited Specialist, applications open on 8 January 2018 and close on 1 April 2019 as 31 March 2019 falls over a weekend. 

For those seeking to be a Senior Accredited Specialist, applications open on 1 July 2019 and close on 2 September 2019 as 31 August 2019 falls over a weekend.

All applications should include the following documents:

  • completed application form
  • two completed Reference Statement forms
  • documentation supporting applications for exemptions
  • payment confirmation email

Submit your application by email to [email protected].