In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has put in place plans to assist its members and staff. The plans, which have been enacted following the UK government’s recent announcement regarding stopping non-essential contact and travel, include the CII postponing its April written examination sittings which were due to take place on April 20-22 until October.
The only exception made to this postponement notice is RO6 (Financial planning practice) and AF7 (Pension transfers), which the CII is planning on holding sittings for in July. The CII will be confirming these changes with each candidate in due course.
In a press release from the CII, the organisation said that at this time, in line with government guidance, multiple choice question online examinations will go ahead at the pre-booked centres as there are less than 25 candidates at each sitting.
The CII has said that it will continue to monitor and review the situation surrounding these sittings, and that if any candidate has any concerns, or is following government guidance and self-isolating at the time of their sitting, they can contact the CII’s customer services to rebook their sitting at no additional cost.
The professional body is following the government’s guidance on working from home in London and all its members of staff are equipped to work from home until government advice changes.
“The CII takes seriously our role supporting you, your business and the members of the public you serve,” said CEO Sian Fisher.
Fisher said that in the coming weeks, the CII, local institutes and societies will produce virtual content to support CPD requirements.
“We will continue to issue guidance to you in your vital role helping members of the public,” she said. “The CII is also in contact with the government and regulators to keep our members updated with current guidelines. We will continue to be here to assist the profession during these challenging times.”