The U.K.’s Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) announced that it is embarking on a campaign to increase the number of Chartered title holders by writing to 7,000 eligible Associate and Fellow members, as it prepares to launch a new directory in June.
“More than 18,000 Fellows and Associates already hold one of the three titles: Chartered Insurer, Chartered Insurance Broker or Chartered Insurance Practitioner,” said the bulletin. “In June the CII is to launch the first directory to enable consumers and industry practitioners to check the status of Chartered title holders online, via the CII website.”
CII marketing director Steve Wellard noted: “Chartered titles are the gold standard and demonstrate the commitment to, and maintenance of, the highest and most prestigious level of professional achievement. We know that consumers value and appreciate Chartered status and this directory will play an important role in building public awareness of the high level of professionalism in the industry.
“Obviously the higher the number of practitioners holding a title, the greater the impact will be on the consumer. It will also send a strong message to the regulator of the commitment to professionalism and standards that exists in the insurance industry.”
The CII also noted that number of “practitioners attaining their Associateship has increased at each of the last seven exam sessions, with 216 completing the qualification at last year’s October examination against 116 in October 2001. The CII’s new qualifications framework also offers candidates the encouragement to progress to higher levels of qualification through a flexible credit based approach.
In order to qualify for a Chartered title, CII members must be qualified to Associateship or Fellowship level, have five years insurance experience and commit to a programme of continuing professional development. All members abide by the CII’s new Code of Ethics and Conduct.”
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