The TAL Risk Academy 2016 Program Launched

TAL is committed to the continued education of advice professionals and has revealed its program for 2016.

The spotlight on the professional standards of the advice profession is front and centre for 2016, with legislation being set in the not too distant future.

TAL General Manager, Retail Distribution Niall McConville said TAL made a conscious decision to invest significantly in adviser education to support the professionalism of the industry.

“The TAL Risk Academy was launched in 2015 and is dedicated to building content and tools relevant to advisers,” Mr McConville said.

TAL Risk Academy offers comprehensive programs to suit different levels of knowledge and competency. In its first year, over 4000 advisers registered for TAL Risk Academy courses. The program delivered a total of 169 sessions including 112 webinars nationally, 15 Essentials Programs and 42 Master Classes presented by TAL technical experts and a total of 59 CPD points accredited to the program

“We are proud to have delivered such a comprehensive program last year that benefitted a large portion of the advice community.

“TAL has demonstrated our commitment and focus on the professionalism of the industry and given the intensified focus on education this year, our aim is to lead the industry in delivering relevant professional development.

“This year we are introducing a new education stream focussed on Client Engagement. This program will help advisers grow their business using modern sales and marketing tools. This is aimed at helping advisers to thrive in an ever-changing landscape”, Mr McConville said.

TAL Risk Academy has five new courses, including an industry-first LinkedIn master class presented in partnership with LinkedIn, and two new social media webinars.

Given advisers’ busy schedules TAL is also introducing On-Demand learning which allows advisers to access courses through the TAL Adviser Centre, at a time that suits them.

The sessions have received overwhelming positive feedback, with advisers giving the average rating for the course a 4.4 out of 5 score.

Michael Misiti, Director, Smart Financial said it was great to get interaction with dedicated TAL BDMs and senior managers.

“It’s great they make themselves available and get involved. As a result, everyone builds their knowledge – from the insurance side and advisers and this ultimately helps clients,” Mr Misiti said.

TAL is proud to donate $25,000 to the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) Scholarship Foundation from the nominal registration fee paid by advisers participating in the Risk Academy Master Class Program in 2015.

The ABCN Scholarship Foundation provides financial and mentoring scholarships to students facing economic, family or social challenges which impact on their study.

“We’re pleased to partner with the ABCN to support student learning and development as part of our commitment to education and making a real difference in the community”, Mr McConville said.

For links to TAL’s commitments:

Natalie Kitchen
Head of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
T: 02 9448 9224, 0432 419 533


About TAL: The specialist voice of life insurance in Australia
TAL is Australia’s largest life insurance company with leading competitive offerings in each of its core distribution channels: direct to
customers; through financial advisers; and via group and workplace superannuation schemes. TAL provides more life insurance solutions
to Australian than any other insurer. TAL is owned by The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, one of Japan’s largest life insurers.

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