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Huge surge in women registering for Cergi

The Institute of Financial Services has seen a massive surge in the numbers of women registering for its general insurance qualification.

The IFS says almost 2,000 registrations have been received from women for the single-module qualification, representing about 40 per cent of the total number of candidates.

Cergi is a self-study qualification, with one module and one exam.

The UK financial services market has seen a growing number of female advisers joining although men still dominate the market.

IFA Promotion says of all the firms it has on its database, 25 per cent have at least one female adviser. IFAP has 97 per cent of the IFA market registered on its database.

IFS head of faculty financial regulation Mark Roberts says: “Our distance learning programmes and easy-to-use study materials make professional qualifications accessible to all.

“In an industry that has been traditionally populated by men, it is refreshing to see that the balance is now changing and that the industry is becoming more representative of society in general.”

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