The CII’s papers in professionalism series 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 among members and other industry stakeholders”, as well as those in other professions.
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 the financial services ector.
CII director of policy and public affairs David Thomson says: “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.”
Perception Support chief executive Phil Billingham says: “Advisers have to think about improving their skills, not just their knowledge. If they do not think beyond passing exams and focus on improving their overall skills, then CPD will have a limited benefit for them.”