April 10, 2018
Asteron Life has launched a new adviser education offering that will help advisers gauge the extent of further study they may be required to undertake.
The insurer stated that its Sophisticated Adviser education program would offer face to face and web-based training that covered soft skills, practice management and technical skills, and would receive CPD accreditation.
Asteron Life, Head of Life Intermediaries, Daniel Waller said the program was based on work undertaken with the Beddoes Institute to develop the Financial Advice Competency Framework whitepaper released late last year (see: AFA Paper to Present Industry View to FASEA) and included a complimentary education health check.
“Advisers can have their current qualifications checked by our partner Kaplan to determine if there are any gaps they need to consider, putting them on the right trajectory to meet the new standards when they are announced,” Waller said, adding that advisers could also receive assistance in enrolling in relevant prescribed courses.
Waller said the Sophisticated Adviser program was designed for all advisers and would enhance and broaden skills that would benefit clients and also build an advice business and the wider profession.
“By supporting a more rounded approach to education we will have advisers that are technically capable, can engage with clients on a personal level and will also have the skills to run a business,” he said.