Over 70 advisers and staff at Sense network have committed to taking the Pension Management Institute’s certificate in pensions automatic enrolment qualification in early 2014.
With the full support of the PMI, Sense will hold bespoke revision sessions and dedicated examination sittings for its advisers across four locations in January 2014.
Sense said it is subsidising the cost of learning materials and examination fees for members.
Tim Newman, managing director of Sense, said: “By gaining this qualification, advisers will be able to demonstrate the expert knowledge that employers will demand and will value. This will be a significant differentiator in securing contracts with SMEs to help them meet their auto- enrolment challenge.”
He added that specialist knowledge is “essential” to legitimately help employers comply with their obligations.
Mr Newman said: “If an employer ends up facing a fine for failing to comply they will naturally ask who dropped the ball. We have asked our members to choose – either skill up or refer to someone who has.”
Sense recently announced that it had become a licensee of the Jargonfree Benefits middleware system to help its members to support local employers.