The FCA (previously FSA) exam standards are something of an oddity as they are some of the few standards that just define assessment content. The FCA will be asking for your input as they update these standards, whether directly or through your professional body. Do try and respond as, while they may not affect you, you may be recruiting or training paraplanners or advisers in the future. You are the people who are best placed to understand your job roles, and what skills and knowledge are needed to perform them competently and professionally.
Whether they are used widely and well, or barely tolerated, standards are here to stay. You have the power to shape them into something truly effective. Do not let that power go to waste.
Lucy Courtenay is a qualification specialist chief executive of FPSB UK
The approved trailblazer apprenticeship standards can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards#financial-services-standards.