The CII Group has launched a new Certificate in Life and Pensions to be added to its framework of financial services qualifications.
This new qualification has been developed for administrative, technical and support staff working in typical “back-office” functions at life and pensions providers.
It builds on the current introductory level qualification, the Certificate in Financial Administration, by enabling back-office staff to develop their understanding of specific products/sectors and/or the financial advice process in more depth.
CII members will have the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their professional status through the designation ‘Cert CII (L&P)’ on completion.
It is also expected the Certificate will be a key component in the measures taken by life and pensions companies to attract and retain talented staff looking to develop professional careers in non-sales financial services roles.
Steve Jenkins, financial services director at the CII, added: “The whole of the financial services sector is embarked on the journey to greater professionalism. It is what the regulator wants and it is what customers want.
“The Certificate in Life and Pensions ensures that another key part of the market – those working in life and pensions businesses – have a targeted qualification that will help them develop their careers to their full potential in a competitive, professional environment.”IFAonline
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