It is a given that qualifications are not the be-all and end-all in any walk of life. It is the blend of academic, vocational and professional qualifications coupled with hard experience that provides the best results. There are not many top QCs or brain surgeons knocking around who only have an O-level in metalwork.
As a fledgling profession, it is not good enough to simply hark back to the usual mantras that “my clients love me” or “I’ve been doing this for 30 years” as a justification for maintaining the status quo. I am no apologist for the RDR, the FSA or any other over-intellectualised initiative that does not improve our clients lot one jot but I do passionately care about the work we do and I do believe that independence is best.
What we cannot do is just carp on and moan, that is exactly what led to the RDR with its significant warts and all being imposed on us. It would have been better if the necessary change had come from within but it did not on the whole. QED.
So, back to Tony and his mission to improve his knowledge and professional standing. Why is that a bad thing? If he does everything that his detractors do for his clients and expands his learning, on average, are his clients going to get a better or worse service as a result?
I realise that with only 26 years experience, I am a Johnny come lately for whom qualifications, jobs at the FSA, working for the IFP/PFS/IFP et al and a huge ego are my raison d’etre but some of the comments here are hugely depressing. As mentioned earlier, we are stuck with the RDR, etc, so it needs to be dealt with. A professional response will generate a better result for everyone.