The Chartered Insurance Institute is revamping courses for advisers ahead of the pension freedoms coming into force in April.
The new elements will be available to qualified advisers, as well as those currently enrolled in CII courses. The professional body is also updating existing pensions-specific and related exam units and learning materials to reflect the reforms.
The CII hopes to have updated courses and a “bridging unit” available almost immediately after the rules around the reforms are implemented.
A CII spoksema says: “There is a constant process of evolving qualifications and making sure that the units and the questions are being brought up to date.
“But because the changes to the pension regime are more significant there is more work to do in that space this year.
“When we start to see the final rules it will all start to fill out, but we have a fair degree of the content in terms of what has been published thus far.”
Fairstone Financial Management IFA Ray Tammam says: “Anything that improves knowledge, especially if it is easily accessible, and can serve as a bit of a one-stop shop, has to be a good thing.”
Hargreaves Lansdown chartered financial planner Danny Cox adds: “The CII have done this pretty regularly over the years, developing additional study material to help advisers bring themselves up to speed on new issues and reforms.”