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&#39Graduates&#39 galore

A recent communication from the MCCB referred to financial advisers who passed the elementary Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (Cemap) / Mortgage Advice Qualification (Maq) as “graduates”.

These two certificates are minimum benchmark qualifications certainly no higher than an A level. It is certainly disingenuous to those within or outside the industry who are university graduates and/or have passed chartered professional qualifications.

Notwithstanding, it certainly makes the mortgage adviser a laughing stock when one compares the standard of qualification that a convey-ancing solicitor must attain before being allowed to practise.

I would hope that this oversight is corrected before there is a clamour from certain quarters to award the designation Maq (Dip), which may lead to general public regarding it as a Big Maq.

Filip Slipaczek

IFA, New Barnet, Herts


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