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‘IFA qualifications should mirror the education ladder’

‘Something has to be done to make adviser qualifications understood by public’

Aifa has called for the introduction of standardised adviser qualifications that mirror GCSEs, A levels and degrees to make them more easily understood by the public.

Deputy director general Fay Goddard says the current system is too complex and confusing for consumers and the equivalent of traditional education qualifications should be introduced to make them more universally recognisable.

The comments come after IFA Promotion chief executive David Elms slammed trade bodies for confusing customers by swamping the market with qualifications to line their own pockets.

He said customers shopping around for IFAs are baffled by the number of qualifications available for advisers. IFAP research found 38 different qualifications from eight separate bodies in the market.

Goddard says the indus- try needs to label qualific- ations more clearly to make it clear what they mean and what level of attainment they represent. She says consumers do not relate to adviser quali- fications, which are often represented by a series of letters and numbers.

But she welcomes the Chartered Insurance Institute’s recent launch of chartered status as a qualification that will mean something to customers.

She says: “Do people really care if an adviser has a G60 qualification? Something has to be done to make adviser qualifications more easily understood by the British public. The industry needs to be introduce a system allied to qualifications that people can easily relate to.”

CII group public affairs director John Ellis: “This is what we are trying to do with the launch of diploma and advanced dip-loma, etc. We have committed a 1m advertising spend to promote advisers to consu- mers and educate them about these qualifications.”

Elms says: “Any spending on the consumer side to edu- cate the public about adviser qualifications and encourage them to seek out advisers with incremental qualifications is fantastic.”


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