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Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

Personal and Professional Development (PPD) is the new requirement which applies to all learners who joined the IFoA after 1 September 2017. PPD is the replacement program for work-based skills (WBS).

What is PPD?
Personal and Professional Development is the documentation record of your work experience that all learners studying to become an Associate or Fellow need to complete alongside their examinations.

What do I need to do?
All learner members need to complete PPD in order to gain their qualification. You can find full details about this requirement in our PPD Guide. Details on filling out your PPD logs can be found under Submitting your PPD Logs.

Who needs to complete PPD?
From 2018 onwards all students, and Associate members who wish to progress to Fellow, currently with the IFoA are required to submit their PPD on an annual basis. As the minimum number of credits required for PPD is only 3 credits, and 2 formal learning hours per year, we would hope that this is not too demanding and can still be obtained whilst studying for exams as not to delay qualification.

Students must inform the IFoA if they need to record a break in their PPD, for example for Parental leave, a career break or change in life or career circumstances. The IFoA will only allow a certain number of years to be recorded as a break before any previous experience logged with us will be written off. Please contact Education Services to discuss your particular situation.

Qualification Requirements for IFoA students who joined before 2 January 2019

  Minimum number of months PPD expected Number of credits required Minimum credits per year Hours of formal learning activity
Associate 12 Months 10 3 2 hours
Fellow 36 Months 20 3 2 hours

Qualification Requirements for students who joined on or after 2 January 2019

  Minimum number of months PPD expected Number of credits required Minimum credits per year Hours of formal learning activity
Associate* 24 Months 15 3 2 hours
Fellow 36 Months 5 3 2 hours

*Associateship Qualification must be obtained before progression to Fellow. An additional minimum of 12 months of PPD recording is required to obtain the Fellowship Qualification with a minimum of 20 credits recorded.

​​​​​​Objectives and Competencies

There are three core workplace areas where you will need to demonstrate the standards the IFoA expects to become a qualified Actuary. These are:

  • Effective communication.
  • Problem solving and decision making.
  • Professionalism.

In each Objective there are 10+ individual competencies. Each competency has a value of 1 or 2 credits.

Completing your online logs
Within your learner  portal you will be able select your PPD records.

Firstly choose the objective followed by the competency; there is a maximum of 250 characters to describe the activity giving specific examples. Log the date and the learning outcome which shows evidence of the knowledge obtained.  You may also record the number of learning hours.

The IFoA will undertake an audit of all the recorded PPD activity to ensure quality and standards are being upheld. Your record maybe selected as part of the audit; please make sure you keep all supporting evidence in the event this is requested.

You are required to discuss the activities you record with your line manager or supervisor. If you are selected for the audit process the IFoA may contact them for confirmation the PPD record you provided is accurate and correct.

We recommend you record and store the name and contact details of your line manager or supervisor.

Students will be required to submit their PPD on an annual basis. PPD cannot be respectively logged so it must be done within your PPD year. If you miss your PPD deadline you may be subject to a non-compliance admin fee. Repeated missed deadlines and non-compliance may result in more sanctions. 

Details of non-compliance and the respective admin fees can be found in the PPD Guide.

You have a right to appeal against a rejection decision or compliance aspect if you believe that you have met the minimum requirements for successful completion of your PPD. You must submit your appeal within 40 days of receipt of final outcome.

Read more about appeals

Accredited employers
The introduction of PPD mean that we will no longer be accrediting employers. The employers concerned have been informed and we are working through the transition with them. All new employees of accredited employers from September 2017 will have to complete PPD.

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Contact Details

Education Services Team

Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1st Floor, Park Central, 40/41 Park End Street, Oxford, OX1 1JD

+44 01865 268207

We aim to respond to all enquiries within two working days.