The fourth of the CII’s Papers in Professionalism series, Beyond Box-Ticking, looks at the role of CPD in building and maintaining a high level of professionalism.
The CII says it is seeking to encourage a “practical and constructive debate amongst members and other industry stakeholders”, as well as those in other professions who are having a similar discussion.
YouGov research, in conjunction with the CII, shows that nearly 70 per cent of the public feels that a mandatory CPD requirement would help win back trust in professionals working in the financial services and insurance sector.
It identifies four key areas of debate including CPD content and oversight, measuring activity and effectiveness, the employer role and engagement and raising public confidence.
CII director of policy and public affairs David Thomson says: “Continuing professional development is of growing importance, not just as a means of keeping professionals up to date with their personal development and changes within their sector, but also as a way of demonstrating to the public that a professional is serious about providing the best possible service.
“Good quality CPD is a key element that elevates the professional above the rest of the field. The reaction and discussion this paper hopes to stimulate will be invaluable in helping the CII to ensure that we can improve the CPD programme.”