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Championing the actuarial profession in a changing world

The actuarial profession is entering a period of continuous change and growth; driven by an ever-more diverse and globalised marketplace combined with the rapid pace of technological change.

We believe that now is the time to ensure our members have the skills, qualifications and support they need to fully grasp the opportunities of this new professional landscape. So the IFoA has embarked on a proactive programme of activity to update the education we offer, the regulation we provide and the global communities we support. Driving and guiding this programme of activity is the passion and pride of our members and their commitment to ensuring the sustainability of the actuarial profession.

Over the past year, I have been privileged to be able to listen to, consult on and discuss the way the profession is evolving with members at all stages of their careers. I have listened to students who are just starting out on their journey to becoming qualified actuaries and analysts. I have also heard from IFoA Fellows with decades of experience gained at the highest levels of our industry. One thing comes through loud and clear from these discussions: members feel enormous pride in being actuaries and belonging to our global actuarial community.

Charles Cowling, Council Member, IFoA

 

What the future holds for the profession

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We're meeting the challenges of this period of transformation head on with a programme of innovation and evolution.

Our goal is to build on the great pride and passion our members feel in their profession, whilst ensuring we are flexible and responsive to the changing needs of employers, governments and societies world-wide. By doing this our goal is to ensure that actuaries remain at the heart of modern business practice for years to come.

We have already laid the foundations for a globally relevant qualification framework in the introduction of Curriculum 2019; ensuring the qualifications of our members will be valued wherever they work. We are introducing innovations in regulation such as the newly globally launched QAS programme as well as providing a host of lifelong learning and engagement opportunities for our members, no matter where they are on their actuarial journey.

Most recently we updated our qualification framework, positioning Associateship as the initial destination for students before becoming a Fellow – if that is their ultimate aim.  Those who are currently studying will not be affected by this change, although if they would like to gain the Associate qualification before working to Fellowship they will be able to do so.

Finally, we consulted on the rebranding of the IFoA Associateship qualification as 'Chartered Actuary', to ensure the proper value was attached to the qualification and that employers can quickly identify the skills they need - without compromising on standards.

 

Listening to our members

In early 2018 we began consulting with our members about proposals to re-brand the IFoA Associateship qualification as Chartered Actuary.

You can find details about the Chartered Actuary consultation here.

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What you told us

There was particularly strong support for all the proposals from employers, industry bodies, other national actuarial associations, as well as from Students and Associates.

However, 60% of Fellows responding through the online survey expressed concerns about the proposition for the Chartered Actuary title change.

A number of respondents also had reservations about the proposal to require all future student members to become Associates before embarking on further advanced examinations towards Fellowship.

These responses from the consultation have been heard and have played a decisive role in helping us to shape the future of our qualifications.

What we did as a result

The IFoA Council has come to three decisions following member feedback:

  • The IFoA recognises more clearly Associates as fully qualified actuaries and will position the qualification in line with the International Actuarial Association’s (IAA) global standard.

  • Any new students embarking on their studies under Curriculum 2019 will be required to reach Associateship before proceeding to Fellowship if that is their preferred route. However, because of significant feedback received during the consultation, students will be able to sit some of their advanced examinations pre-Associateship if they choose to do so.

  • We will continue to consider the designation Chartered Actuary (CAct) as a rebranding of our Associateship (fully qualified actuary) member grade, but undertake to clarify Council’s thinking on the competencies of CAct and CAct/ FIA/FFA and directly address the concerns expressed by Fellows.

 

Fit for the future news

Moving with the times

IHelena Ingram, Matt Saker, Michael Crawford and Louise Pryor talk to Chris Seekings about how the profession is evolving and share their thoughts on the IFoA’s plans for a ‘Chartered Actuary’ qualification.

View the article here

 

A profession fit for the future

IFoA Council Member Charles Cowling describes how the actuarial profession is moving forward, with recent initiatives at the IFoA helping to ensure it maintains its relevance and sustainability.

View the fit for the future article here

 

To be, or not to be, chartered?

Chartered status is widely recognised as a mark of professional competency and is awarded to individuals by Chartered professional bodies and learned societies.

IFoA Council Member Edwin Sheaf offers a brief overview of Chartered professionals. View the Chartered Professional article here

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  • Data Science: Opportunities for Actuaries

    The IFoA's first virtual event   
    26 February 2019 - 29 March 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA are launching their first virtual conference on the topic of Data Science, that is free to attend. This is an exciting and forward thinking move to reach members all over the world and to share knowledge and discuss developments and techniques within data science.

  • WCA event – The cost and value of pensions

    Woolf College Lecture Theatre Canterbury CT2 7BQ
    27 March 2019

    Spaces available

    The cost of pensions is a regular source of debate. But how should pensions be valued? And how has this value changed over times? Paul Sweeting will discuss how these questions can be answered, and their relevance to the current pensions issues.

    To book please email Mark Heller M.Heller@kent.ac.uk

  • SIAS Event: Mortality Improvements Outlook 2019+

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 April 2019

    Spaces available

    The CMI Mortality Projections Committee will lead a discussion on mortality projections and how they can be modelled in CMI_2018, including:

    • Recent mortality, and how current improvements vary between different population
    • Long-term prospects for mortality improvements
    • The pace of convergence to the long-term rate
  • Webinar – So You Want to be a NED?

    WEBINAR After registration, you will receive an email confirmation with details on how to access the webinar from your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile.
    3 April 2019

    Spaces available

    Are you considering becoming a NED? Join our facilitated webinar where a panel of experienced NEDs will discuss:

    How you can get started • What qualities and skills are needed to be a NED • What learning and development requirements do you need • Where you can find the necessary resources to build your skills • How a NED role can expand your thinking • How it can enrich your working experience and career • The benefits to being a NED

  • UK Bodily Injury Claims Settlement Framework

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    9 April 2019

    Spaces available

    Amid significant UK political uncertainty, the bodily injury settlement framework has continued to make progress. At the time of the Ogden discount rate change of early 2017 and throughout that year, Staple Inn was host to a set of events to discuss the changes and the subsequent MOJ review.

  • Professional Skills Training - London (16 April 19)

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    16 April 2019

    Fully booked.

    Please register here to join the wait list

    A 2 hour CPD event designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2018/2019.  This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • TIGI 2019 (Technical Issues in General Insurance)

    Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4LE
    25-26 April 2019
    Spaces available

    This General Insurance CPD offering has been changed from former years of individual one day seminars to include individual sessions for IFRS 17, Pricing, Capital Modelling and Reserving over a two-day event  packaged as Technical Issues in General Insurance, providing attendees with a varied program . The event is suitable for anyone who works, or are interested, in these areas.

  • IFoA Asia Conference 2019, Chengdu

    Crowne Plaza Chengdu Panda Garden, Poly Park 198, No. 1980 ShuLong Avenue,Xindu District, Chengdu
    09-10 May 2019
    Spaces available

    IfoA Logo for eventsOffering a diverse selection of plenary sessions and cross-practice workshops, the annual Asia Conference is the perfect opportunity to discover and discuss current and developing actuarial topics in Asia, whilst providing excellent opportunity to grow your network of contacts.

  • CILA 2019

    30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
    14 May 2019

    Spaces available

    CILA is one of the pre-eminent events in the annual Life calendar. It is aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries. It will also be of interest to all those who work in or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe.

  • KSS event – Bulk Annuity Market Update

    Willis Towers Watson 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA
    15 May 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk will give a bulk annuity market update over 2018 and for 2019 and beyond.  The presenters will also consider bulk annuity options as part of pension scheme de-risking strategies, and how pension schemes can best prepare when requesting a quote in order to achieve a favourable outcome. To book please email Dawn.Neil@willistowerswatson.com.

  • KSS event – Bulk Annuity Market Update

    Willis Towers Watson 2 West Regent Street Glasgow G2 1RW
    16 May 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk will give a bulk annuity market update over 2018 and for 2019 and beyond. The presenters will also consider bulk annuity options as part of pension scheme de-risking strategies, and how pension schemes can best prepare when requesting a quote in order to achieve a favourable outcome. To book a place please email Dawn.Neil@willistowerswatson.com

  • Risk and Investment Conference 2019

    Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, Strand, London WC2N 5HX
    20-21 May 2019
    Spaces available

    This year's Risk and Investment Conference will be taking place at Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, London.

    To book your place click here.

     

  • Sessional Research Event - Saving for Retirement: Rules of Thumb

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7QJ
    20 May 2019

    Spaces available

    How much does the average person need to save over a full working life to provide a decent retirement income? We call this the Lifetime Pension Contribution (LPC) and have attempted to quantify it.

  • NED Event: Behavioural Finance and Boards

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    18 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Substantial work has been undertaken in the field of behavioural finance to explore the psychological factors affecting investment decisions made by individuals.  In contrast, “behavioural” factors (such as politics or human psychology) affecting decisions and actions made by institutional investors, such as insurers or pension schemes, are less understood.

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    Covering current topics and industry trends, the conference also includes a pre-conference evening dinner (18 June) giving you the opportunity to develop your network. 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    CIGI will provide an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers, each providing their insight and knowledge on a range of topics.  The programme will be broad in nature, so will be of most value to those with some experience in the industry. 

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.