CompaniesOct 17 2012

Aviva launches online CPD tool

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ByDonia O’Loughlin

Aviva has launched an online tool to give advisers access to relevant continuing professional development (CPD) materials and tests in order to demonstrate their continuing competence in a post Retail Distribution Review world.

The Financial Services Authority’s new RDR rules on professionalism specify that all advisers are required to undertake a minimum of 35 hours CPD each year, 21 of which need to be through structured elements such as workshops, courses or computer-based training.

To address this need, Aviva has broadened the provision offered through its Financial Adviser Academy to include ongoing CPD learning materials and validation tests.

The interactive website offers a personalised home page, technical knowledge and helps advisers to develop their personal skills.

In each area, advisers have access to course materials and a validation test system, which will enable them to achieve their desired learning outcomes and track all their CPD activity throughout the year. This recorded evidence can be used to make their annual declarations of learning to their accredited bodies.

The CPD tool is available to both new and existing Financial Adviser Academy members, with free membership and registration at

Andrew Beswick, intermediary director at Aviva said, “We have launched our CPD tool to help and support advisers in achieving and maintaining the level of professionalism required in the post-RDR world.

“This is an opportunity for the industry to take charge of its learning and development and push the boundaries in achieving new standards for financial advice.”