TAL, Australia’s leading life insurance specialist, today launched the 2017 schedule for its industry leading Risk Academy adviser education program.
TAL Risk Academy, now in its third year, offers a comprehensive suite of programs to suit different levels of life insurance knowledge and competency.
More than 10 new workshops and webinars have been added to the program, which now offers a choice of 33 courses. These will be held throughout 2017 to support professional development and industry education.
TAL General Manager, Retail Distribution Niall McConville said TAL was proud to offer an industry leading education program.
“Our comprehensive suite of professional development programs has been designed to help advisers grow their skills and their businesses. The programs have been developed using the excellent feedback we have received from the more than 9,000 attendances at courses since the launch of TAL Risk Academy. Advisers and their support staff tell us they get significant value from the courses and skills that can be applied immediately to their business,” Mr McConville said.
The TAL Risk Academy is managed by a TAL technical team dedicated to building content and tools relevant to advisers and the insurance industry and engages leading industry experts to run sessions.
More than 90 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points are available by completing the whole Risk Academy curriculum. TAL has also partnered with Charles Sturt University, where credits can be received by progressing to Master Class level and when completing a case study.
TAL Risk Academy courses and materials are accredited by the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA), Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) and Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) and are available in person, online or on-demand to help advisers tailor their education program for the year. The majority of courses are available free of charge, with Master Classes attracting a fee which is donated to charity.
In 2016, TAL Risk Academy raised $75,000 which was donated to the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) Scholarship Foundation to help educate and mentor future generations. The ABCN Scholarship Foundation provides financial and mentoring scholarships to students facing economic, family or social challenges that impact their study.
"We are proud of our ongoing partnership with ABCN that helps to support the learning and development of students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since the launch of the TAL Risk Academy in 2015, we have donated $100,000 to ABCN, reflecting our commitment to education and making a real difference in the community. I would also personally like to thank all of the advisers and support staff for getting behind this outstanding cause," Mr McConville said.