LegRegs Essentials Certificate

Gain an understanding of copyright, defamation, consumer protection and more.

While the IPA legal team can help with some issues, it’s crucial that you equip yourself with a good grounding in advertising legal and regulatory basics to avoid making expensive mistakes. Qualification content provided by top ranking law firm, Lewis Silkin.

Who is this qualification for?

An essential qualification applicable to all agency staff, but especially those working directly with clients. It is equally relevant for specialist disciplines with their own legal and regulatory aspects, such as Art Buying and Production.

Reminder: to achieve IPA CPD Agency Accreditation 15% of agency staff must hold either LegRegs Essentials Certificate or Commercial Essentials Certificate or Effectiveness Essentials Certificate. 

What are the benefits?

  • Clearly understand your responsibilities in terms of copyright, trademarks and brands, including what they are and who owns them.
  • Learn about passing off and defamation and find out how to defend yourself against them if they become an issue.
  • Ensure you comply with Consumer Protection Regulations and The Gambling Act so that you don’t make costly mistakes.
  • Avoid the pitfalls of using celebrities and understand the right way to take advantage of the comic effect of parodies.

View the full LegRegs Essentials Certificate syllabus.

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Online learning content authored by top ranking law firm, Lewis Silkin.

How is the qualification delivered and assessed?

  • Ten hours of online learning accessible through the IPA website on any device.
  • Formal 30-minute multiple choice exam.
  • If you pass the exam, you will be awarded a digital certificate of completion and one MIPA star towards personal accreditation.

How do you book onto and access the qualification?

Please select your intake from the ‘Intakes’ drop down on this page and proceed to checkout.

Once booked, you can access and start your online learning via the IPA website. To access, please head to your personal IPA portal via the profile icon and click on ‘Training’. Or, visit your personal Training page.

Non members must complete this qualification by 31 December of their intake year.

Free Learning for IPA Members

The LegRegs Essentials Certificate is free for IPA members. There is no completion deadline for IPA members, unless one has been set for you by your employer.


  • Members: Free.
  • Non-Members: £250+VAT.


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