Aviva has launched an online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tool aimed at giving advisers the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in a post Retail Distribution Review (RDR) world.
According to RDR professionalism rules set out by the Financial Services Authority, all advisers must undertake a minimum of 35 hours CPD each year, 21 of which need to be through structured elements such as workshops, courses or computer based training.
The new interactive website offers:
A personalised home page displaying an adviser’s personal record of both structured and unstructured CPD activities completed.
Technical Knowledge – a range of technical CPD modules covering all the learning outcomes required by the regulator – which can also be used for studying towards awarding body exams such as IFS, Calibrand and CIOBS – as well as on-going support for the CII “R” exams, including chapter summaries, practice exams and links to useful websites.
Personal Skills – a range of materials to help advisers develop their personal skills, including presentation, questioning and listening skills.
Business evolution – materials designed to help advisers develop their business, such as understanding the customer, relationship management and analysing key business data.
The tool is available to both new and existing members of Aviva’s Financial Adviser Academy. Membership is free and according to the insurer, registration is quick and simple.