The Protection Review is set to launch a national independent protection training academy in conjunction with the Personal Finance Society (PFS).
Trial training sessions for advisers will begin in Q1 next year as part of a campaign to improve knowledge and understanding of the protection industry.
Training will cover aspects of the market including products, underwriting, claims, regulation, sales and technology and current or future protection qualifications.
It will be co-funded by insurers and reinsurers and will be open to intermediaries, paraplanners and life office staff as well as the media.
Product providers can attend but will not be able to contribute to the content of the training, which will be delivered by intermediaries, independent experts and the Protection Review team.
An annual conference, book, awards dinner and improved website will also form part of the Protection Review campaign.
Protection Review CEO, Kevin Carr, says: "The idea of unbiased protection training has been called for, and talked about, for as long as I can remember.
"One of our key aims is for this training to be delivered by independent experts with the core purpose of improving knowledge and understanding of the protection industry."
Fay Goddard, PFS CEO says the PFS is in discussions with the Protection Review with a view to developing professional training that will "bring benefits to both advisers and their clients".
Peter Chadborn, director of IFA CBK Colchester, welcomes independent protection training, "hosted by an unbiased source".
"With the exception of some good provider seminars and marketing material there is precious little protection-focused training available in the industry"
The Protection Review team is currently building the training content and welcomes ideas and input from across the industry.
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