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CPQ Foundation

CPQ Foundation

The CPQ Foundation course provides a broad foundational knowledge of law and its practical application with five compulsory modules. Learners must also complete the first of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility e-learning modules and gain professional experience.

On completion of CPQ Foundation, learners will become CILEX Paralegals and can progress to CPQ Advanced stage.


Who is the course for?

There are no formal entry requirements. However, CILEX recommends that learners considering a CILEX qualification should have an appropriate level of English in order to access the learning materials and exams.

CPQ Foundation is the first stage on the CPQ Framework, the route to becoming a CILEX Lawyer. A CILEX Lawyer is a CILEX member who has completed all three qualification stages of the competence based CPQ, which includes compulsory Ethics and Professional Responsibility modules, and gained a minimum of 2300 hours relevant legal experience.

What will I learn?

There are a number of exemptions that have been approved by CILEX which may mean that you are not required to complete one or more modules.  To apply for a module exemption, the application must be made when the qualification is being purchased.  For further information please speak to our enrolment team.

Course features

Our fully online course supplements the published core reading from CILEX, offering current, practice-based directions, outlines, and discussion on everyday subject-specific matters to add value to each learner’s journey.


On demand course materials

Live tutor support

Lexis+ UK

How long does the qualification take?

CILEX gives an indication of reasonable Total Qualification Time (TQT) which is the number of hours of study that you could reasonably be expected to undertake to achieve the learning and assessment outcomes. The TQT for the course is 545 hours.

The overall amount of time the course takes will vary from learner to learner however with 18 months course access you can study at your own pace. You will also have the flexibility to decide on the exam sitting date that will be best for you, whilst also considering the registration window ahead of the assessments.

CILEX Membership and Registration

CILEX Membership: To enrol on CPQ Foundation you must first be a member of CILEX and pay the associated annual membership fee. Learners registering for the CPQ Foundation will be required to register as a CILEX Student member.  This is separate to the requirement to enrol on our course and is not included in the course fees.

CILEX Registration: Once you have joined CILEX as a member you will be able to register for the CPQ Foundation stage and pay a fee to CILEX.  CILEX will then provide access to your myCILEX account. Included with the registration fee are the following features (as applicable to each stage):

  • Module e-books
  • Assessments
  • Ethics and professional responsibility e-learning modules
  • Professional experience portfolio


The table below outlines the format and structure of the CPQ Foundation assessments.


Automated exams include:

  • Multiple choice
  • Multiple choice, multiple response
  • Multiple choice, single best answer
  • Cloze drag and drop
  • Ordering
  • Highlighting
  • Matching

Assessments are offered by CILEX twice a year in January and June and you must make your assessment bookings directly with CILEX.

Course fees and enrolment

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Law Training Centre accepts PayPal as a payment option. A link to PayPal will be provided on your invoice when you sign up for a course. PayPal is a secure card processor and allows you to use your debit or credit card to pay, you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this service.

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What other fees do I need to pay?

There are three separate fees for the CPQ, consisting of:

  1. CILEX membership fees
  2. Purchasing CPQ registration* from CILEX
  3. Purchasing the tuition from your chosen training provider

*Exam fees are included when you purchase a full CPQ Stage registration with CILEX. If you’ve purchased your CPQ registration on a modular basis with CILEX, there will be an exam fee for each exam entry. If you prefer not to pay for each exam separately, you’ll need to purchase a full registration with CILEX.


Price Match:

Law Training Centre will price match on selected courses. The price match will be based on a ‘like for like’ course from another provider. The ‘like for like’ determination is at the discretion of Law Training Centre.

The price match is available for new and existing learners with Law Training Centre to apply for when buying new courses. The price match must be applied for and agreed by Law Training Centre in advance of any course purchase.

If you would like to request a price match on one of our CPQ courses, please contact our friendly Student Services Team with evidence showing a similar course from another provider at a price which you would like Law Training Centre to match. A course purchased with a price match can be paid via instalments, however an admin fee may be applied for setting up an instalment plan.

A price match cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or scholarship.

For more information please contact our Student Services Team by email via [email protected] or by calling +44 (0)330 088 8495

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