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PFS conference to quench advisers’ gap filling thirst

The PFS has announced a raft of dates for regional conferences and gap filling sessions to meet adviser demand for structured gap fill and potential continuing professional development points.

The most popular topic, according to chief executive Fay Goddard has been around risk profiling and investment advice.

She said: “Investment is the topic that is a fast moving part of the market and covers a lot of what is new about the RDR requirements that has not been included in older legacy exams.

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“We had a very high demand for this in the fourth quarter of last year and while we expected that levels would drop off, it has remained in high demand.”

The regional conferences will run throughout February and March with optional gap fill sessions and networking opportunities. There are 18 released dates scheduled across the UK, with three dates allocated to London.

Ms Goddard said it was crucial to distinguish between CPD and gap fill, adding: “These gap fill sessions we offer are very much structured learning to complete your qualifications. These sessions can also be classed as structured CPD.”

She furthered advisers should not just “trot along” to sessions to gain CPD points, but rather identify a clear gap and complete some form of assessment at the end.

“There is nothing wrong with unstructured CPD but it should stem from a very clear gap,” Ms Goddard said.