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This glossary provides definitions of terminology used in the CPD Scheme



Actuarial Work

Work undertaken by a Member in their capacity as a person with actuarial skills on which the intended recipient of that work is entitled to rely. This may include carrying out calculations, modelling or the rendering of advice, recommendations, findings, or opinions.

Actuaries’ Code

The ethical professional code for Members issued by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Appropriate Person

An individual identified by the Member, who understands the nature of the Member’s Actuarial Work, their development and their Learning Outcomes. Such an individual could be a peer, a colleague, a line manager or a volunteer of the IFoA, amongst others.

CPD Requirements

The requirements imposed upon Members in relation to Continuing Professional Development including this CPD Scheme and the wider development and learning requirements of the Actuaries’ Code.

CPD Activities

Activities that involve development and learning relevant to a Member’s Actuarial Work (current or future) or professional development, which address a personal development need and have an identifiable Learning Outcome. Those activities can be wide ranging and include, for example, lectures, seminars, workshops, webinars, personal reading and research. It could also potentially include carrying out Actuarial Work where that has a relevant Learning Outcome.

CPD Period

The period between 1 September and 31 August.


The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Learning Outcome



Knowledge and/or skills which the Member gained as a result of taking part in an activity.


A member of the IFoA

Non-Practising Member

A Member that has been registered, following application, with the IFoA as ‘Non-Practising’. This may include, for example, Members that are: retired from actuarial practice; not carrying out technical Actuarial Work; or on a career break.

Optional Recording System

The IFoA’s non-mandatory CPD recording system, available for use by Members to assist with keeping track of CPD Activities and recording Learning Outcomes

Professional Skills Training

CPD Activities with a Learning Outcome related to managing professional ethical challenges.

Reflective Practice Discussion

A discussion to allow the Member to reflect on the CPD Activities carried out during the previous CPD Period, Learning Outcomes achieved and how they have applied what was learnt; as well as to discuss how they intend to approach future development and learning, including anticipated other work and/or roles.

Student Member

A Member that is not a Fellow, Associate, Affiliate, Honorary Fellow, or Certified Actuarial Analyst.

QAS Member

A Member that is employed by an organisation or part of an organisation accredited under the Quality Assurance Scheme, that is registered with the IFoA as being part of the QAS CPD Scheme

QAS CPD Scheme

The outcomes focused CPD scheme available to organisations accredited under the Quality Assurance Scheme.

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  • GIRO 2020 Virtual Conference

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available


    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Retail banking is going through a period of substantial change as it moves into the digital age. Banks have large amounts of data about their customers and about their risks. Open data application programming interface (APIs) and data science are enabling banks to use their data to offer innovative and sometimes personalised services. Data science is also adding value in risk areas such as fraud detection and cyber security. At the same time, the move to online banking is making it easier for firms including fintechs to enter banking without having to establish branch networks.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    Patrick Kennedy, Partner at Gateley Legal and Founding Director of Entrust (a leading professional pensions trustee company), will be delivering an update on the latest legal developments during the course of 2020. With both a pensions legal perspective and over 25 years of trustee service, Patrick will seek to highlight how the letter of the law has continued to evolve against the backdrop of a difficult and challenging year

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report. 

  • Spaces available

    Covid-19 has required an urgent and cross-practice initiative to facilitate the extensive impact this pandemic has across all industries. IFoA members have been keen to contribute in a different way, so we developed the IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] to coordinate our effort, with a more efficient governance.

    We have over 500 volunteers and countless topics which we have amalgamated into 93 workstreams.