Legal & General Home Finance (LGHF) today announces that its equity release workshops have received Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
7 Sep 2020
LGHF’s ‘Setting the Foundations’ workshop is aimed at advisers newly qualified in equity release, and helps provide them with the knowledge and confidence to begin advising clients on lifetime mortgages. The programme also welcomes delegates that have been qualified for some time, but have not yet used their qualification. The sessions cover a broad range of skills, from marketing and finding new customers to fact-finding.
While sessions have been delivered on Microsoft Teams due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the CII noted positive delegate feedback and commended the workshops’ level of interactivity, the clarity and experience of its trainers, and the quality of supporting materials.
Delegates participating in the ‘Setting the Foundations’ programme can claim up to 4.5 CPD hours towards the CII/Personal Finance Society member CPD scheme.
In May, LGHF launched an online study portal to help aspiring equity release advisers achieve the CII Certificate in Equity Release qualification or equivalent. It is a free-to-access service which usually costs £200, and features content delivered by a CII-accredited tutor.
Moreover, LGHF has placed its entire programme of educational events for advisers online. These have included business growth seminars and workshops for intermediaries entering the equity release market.
Claire Singleton, CEO of Legal & General Home Finance: "Our industry has a responsibility to ensure professional capabilities are evolving, adapting to customers’ needs as and when they begin to change.
Our workshops emphasise the need for tailored, personalised advice, and so we’re delighted that the CII praised the teaching on this area in particular."
Established in 1836, Legal & General is one of the UK's leading financial services groups and a major global investor, with over £1.2 trillion in total assets under management* of which 39% is international. We have a unique and highly synergistic business model, which continues to drive strong returns. Legal & General provides powerful asset origination and management capabilities directly to clients, which also underpin our leading retirement and protection solutions. We are a leading international player in Pension Risk Transfer, in UK and US life insurance, and in UK workplace pensions and retirement income. Our purpose is to improve the lives of our customers and create value for our shareholders. Through inclusive capitalism, we are investing in long-term assets, such as real estate and infrastructure, that can help build a better society for the future.
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*at 31 Jun 2021