In order to maintain ‘business as usual’, the FCA have clarified that they expect firms to continue to demonstrate that relevant individuals remain competent to carry out their work. Whilst this presents an important compliance requirement, it is also worth considering how the current environment provides a positive and valuable opportunity to further one’s own professional skills and knowledge.
With many people working from home and accessing online resources, or indeed for those who have been furloughed, now is the time to continue to maintain CPD more than ever.
Airmic has moved rapidly to become a virtual association during these times, including providing its incredible breadth of content digitally wherever possible, much of which is accredited by the CII for CPD purposes. Recent months, for example, have seen the delivery of Academy and fastTrack by webinar, the development of new products such as the weekly topical Airmic LIVE Webinar Series and online Friday Reading List; the launch of a new online Mentoring Scheme; and the planning for Airmic Fest, Airmic’s first virtual conference scheduled for September.
All of Airmic’s rich content, events and training continues to provide an increasing number of important structured and unstructured CPD hours for the risk and insurance professional.
Key to ‘professional fitness’, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is widely recognised as fundamental to the improvement of standards and skills for individuals and their industries, existing to ensure that an individual enhances their skills and abilities in a structured, practical and relevant way once they have formally qualified.
CPD enables an individual to:
- regularly address important areas of development and to take appropriate action to reduce any shortfalls in knowledge
- remain competitive with peers
- differentiate themselves at moments where this may be required (such as in job interviews or in tenders for new work and business acquisition)
- put themselves in charge of their own career development and work-related ambitions, empowering the learner allied with an increase in confidence and resulting abilities, all of which correlate to an improvement of capability for their work environment
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