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Do you know who your CPD co-ordinator is?

Does your firm have a CPD co-ordinator? If so, do you know who it is? Members pride themselves on their learning, not only at the point of entry to the profession but throughout their careers. One quality that distinguishes a profession is the acceptance of a responsibility, in the public interest, to keep levels of knowledge and competence current throughout a professional career, and this is embodied in the requirements of the continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.

To help members understand the requirements of the scheme, all firms with three or more actuaries are strongly encouraged to nominate one or more CPD co-ordinators. These co-ordinators act as a link on CPD issues between the Profession and individual actuaries, their managers and the human resources function within a company. Co-ordinators can raise awareness and understanding of the provisions of the Profession’s CPD scheme, help actuaries to understand the requirements and encourage and assist them to undertake CPD relevant to their needs. They also play a vital role in providing feedback to the Profession on the scheme and on CPD issues generally. They may not be actuaries — several co-ordinators are members of their firm’s compliance team or work in the HR department but all have an interest in making sure that our members keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

If you would like to know more about the role of a CPD co-ordinator, more information is available at www.actuaries.org.uk/members/pages/cpdco-ordinators. If you would like to find out whether your firm has a co-ordinator, or would like to volunteer, please contact Maria Singleton (maria.singleton@actuaries.org.uk; tel: +44 (0)20 7632 2173).