How membership works

SFE membership is on an individual basis. A firm cannot be a member. We have strict entry criteria for membership (click here for full details).

Membership is annual. Our membership year runs from October - September. Renewals should be made in September.

There is a one off joining fee of £135. This is to cover set up costs including a lifetime user licence on our knowledgebase and the fee for undertaking the two SFE accredited awards.

Membership to SFE is currently £120 per annum.

All members are required to complete our two compulsory awards:

1 -  Older Client Care in Practice  (Associate members)

2 -  Older Client Law in Practice  (Full Accredited members)

Membership process

All new members will apply to join SFE at the associate member level and will pay a one off joining fee of £135. This will give them access to the Older Client Care in Practice award and the Older Client in Law Practice award. There will be full guidance notes on how to complete the award. It contains the full syllabus and all the support material.

For details of the Older Client Care in Practice Award click here. All new members must aim to complete this within 8 weeks of joining. Once the award has been passed, they will be able to join SFE as an associate member. The cost of this is £120 for the year pro-rata-ed.

New associate members will need to request the Older Client Law in Practice (OCLP) Award from their dashboard and will be given 12 months to complete this.  There are 3 key sections to this award covering our 3 key areas of the law:

  • Paying for care
  • Capacity
  • Wills, estate planning, trusts and probate

Again they will be given access to the Older Client Law in Practice Award. There will be full guidance notes on how to complete the award. It contains the full syllabus and all the support material.

Once this award has been completed, Associate members will be eligible to upgrade to Full Accredited Members as long as they meet the criteria as detailed here