The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has launched a new virtual classroom to help advisers working towards a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.
Developed in association with Verridian plc, the pilot scheme allows members to study for unit R01, which covers financial services, regulation and ethics.
Consisting of one hour sessions every week for six weeks, the virtual classroom will each have a trainer guiding students, who will be able to interact through messaging or live chat.
Steve Aspinall, head of corporate development at the CII, says: "These virtual classrooms have been developed specifically to provide students with an engaging learning programme to optimise their chances of passing the exam.
"The programme runs for seven weeks allowing interactive study and the sessions are kept to around an hour to make sure students maintain concentration throughout the session.
"The trainer also sets ‘homework' each week to make sure the students can make the most of their weekly virtual classroom sessions."
For now, the virtual classrooms are only available to CII corporate customers as part of a pilot scheme, although it will eventually be made available to individual customers.
Classes are also likely to be extended to beyond R01 in the near future.
More than half of people over the age of 55 see financial security as a top priority in retirement, yet a third allocate more time to buying a new car, research from Legal & General (L&G) has found.
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