TAL, a life insurer, has announced its 2024 course program for its education platform geared towards financial advisers, professional year candidates, and support staff.
TAL Risk Academy has over 103,000 course enrolments since 2015, issuing more than 183,000 CPD hours and donating $830,000 in course fees to the Australian Business Community Network (ABCN) charity.
“At TAL Risk Academy, we believe in empowering advisers at every stage of their career journey to create a better advice industry for us all,” said Beau Riley, TAL’s general manager of retail sales and new business. “Our 2024 program offers tailored courses, ensuring that no matter where advisers are in their career, they have access to education and knowledge that can elevate their expertise.”
In the 2024 program, there will be five streams: Foundations, Professional Year, Advice, Business Management, and Working with TAL. Riley said that the evolution in the course came to reflect the changing role of financial advice. The courses will also be continuously modified depending on the changing needs of advisers.
“We are particularly focused on investing in the development of new entrants to the profession, and equipping advisers with skills and insights to help them successfully navigate the evolving landscape of risk management. Ultimately, this will help their clients manage risks and ensure they are protected should the unexpected happen,” said Riley.
The newest addition to the program is the Working with TAL stream, which will cover elements including product design, pricing, applications, and claims. Riley explained that the stream was designed as a response to what advisers have stated that they needed.
Brand-agnostic training will also be made available for advisers and licensees.
There will also be guest speakers in the program such as FAAA CEO Sarah Abood, AFCA ombudsman Alexandra Sidoti, and GPA financial services adviser and managing director Jason Poole.
“By blending industry insights, business management and technical expertise, we want to support our advisers to deliver better outcomes for their clients and their business,” said Riley.