The Chartered Insurance Institute has taken disciplinary action against an adviser for plagiarising the assignments of another candidate.
Marsh insurance broker Kateryna Oplachko, a continuous assessment candidate, has been banned from CII examinations for 18 months.
A notice published in this month’s issue of the Personal Finance Society’s magazine, Financial Solutions, says Oplachko was found to have plagiarised the assignments of another continuous assessment candidate.
As a result, she was reprimanded, had her assignments disallowed, and was excluded from CII examinations for 18 months. She will also have to take the CII online ethics course before taking any further exams.
The CII says had Oplachko not admitted to the offence at an early stage, the ban would have been two years.
The CII says any findings against members do not implicate their employers in any way.
CII director of communications David Ross says: “These exams form part of a route to becoming chartered or qualified at a regulatory level.
“If candidates try to find short cuts, that undermines both the expectations of the consumer and the hard work put in by other members in achieving these qualifications.
“It is important we take these rare instances of rule breaking seriously to ensure all candidates are tested fairly and customers’ expectations are met.”