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The College of Law has acquired the business operations of CPD Interactive, an online provider of continuing legal education and continuing professional development training.

The acquisition strengthens COL’s position as the leading provider of legal education in Australia, according to chief executive Neville Carter.

“We are excited by the platform [previous owners of CPD Interactive Natalie Wieland and Liz Kollias] have built,” he said.

“The College of Law will now apply its resources and the knowledge of its faculty to deliver even better education products to the Australian legal profession.”

CPD Interactive — which has delivered more than 12,000 courses since its launch in 2008 — currently offers more than 120 courses via its online platform, covering all mandatory requirements for legal CPD.

The online suite offered by CPD Interactive will complement COL’s already extensive online catalogue, face-to-face courses, webinars and skill development programs, Mr Carter said.

He also expressed delighted that Ms Wieland and Ms Kollias had been retained by COL to help grow the business, especially at a time when the professional development of lawyers “has never been more important”, as the industry experiences sweeping change.

“Investing in quality education is critical for any lawyer wishing to keep themselves relevant, or to learn new skills to advance their career,” he said.

“That’s why COL has chosen to expand its range of educational products by acquiring CPD Interactive.”

CPD Interactive will continue to provide courses through its existing platform.

Commercial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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