Old Mutual Wealth is partnering with the Chartered Insurance Institute on an Investment Academy for advisers studying toward their AF4 Investment Planning module and individual Chartered status.
The new Academy comes ahead of a change to the CII’s Chartered firm criteria announced 18 months ago, whereby at least 25% of a firm’s financial advisers must personally hold the Chartered Financial Planner title. This is currently limited to a firm’s most senior staff, with one member of a firm’s board needing to hold the Chartered Financial Planner title.
Some 5,300 individuals now hold the Chartered Financial Planner title and the number of firms achieving Corporate Chartered Financial Planners status has increased by 82% since 2012, with 734 firms now holding the title.
The title’s worth has also increased, according to a recent survey from the CII of its chartered firms. The survey found that in 2015 the chartered status has helped 78 percent firms attract more potential clients, up from 57% in 2009. Similarly, 70% of the firms said it helped them gain new business in 2015, up 10 percent from 2009.
To help firms reap these benefits Old Mutual Wealth is joining up with the CII to offer its Investment Academy to help advisers pass the CII AF4 Investment Planning module. The CII AF4 qualification is one of the six modules that can be used towards completing the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, leading to Chartered Financial Planner status.
The programme is five full day training sessions starting in November and finishing in March next year with an exam in April 2017.
In 2015, Old Mutual Wealth also acquired the Financial Adviser School to broaden access to the profession and help bring through the next generation of financial advisers.
The Investment Academy has six fund partners in addition to Old Mutual Wealth. These are Aberdeen Asset Management, Henderson Global Investors, J P Morgan Asset Management, M&G Investments, Old Mutual Global Investors and Schroders Investment Management.
Scott Goodsir, Old Mutual Wealth’s managing director of UK distribution, says:
“Our Investment Academy will support advisers that want to continue to develop their expertise and reach the peak of their profession by attaining Chartered status. The CII research shows consumers value Chartered status and see it as a mark of professionalism and integrity.”
Steve Aspinall, Director of Corporate Development at the CII, comments:
“Educating financial planners in a level 6 exam module will enhance knowledge and give the customer greater trust in the financial planning process, a process being provided by highly qualified professional individuals.”