To ensure the standard and accuracy of student’s records, the IFoA conducts regular audits of PPD that have been submitted. You will be eligible to be selected for an audit at any point during your student journey and may be subject to multiple reviews during this time. You should keep evidence or proof of how you met the competencies until you have been confirmed as a Fellow or Associate. You should also keep the details of your supervisor so they may be contacted to verify your submissions.
If your records are deemed not to be of an appropriate standard or if you have failed to record the minimum number of credits and formal learning hours, you may lose a years’ worth of work experience and this may not be counted towards your qualification. Once your PPD deadline has passed, you cannot add to or amend your record of work experience for the previous year.
All students will receive a final review of their PPD records at the point of qualification.
There may be a reason why you cannot complete your annual PPD requirements, you should contact the IFoA as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
Reasons may include:
- Parental Leave
- Career Break
- Full time further education
- Long term sick leave
If you need an exemption in your PPD you should contact Member Services before your annual deadline date to record this. You can only record up to one year at a time so you may need to contact us on multiple occasions even if the circumstances are the same.
If you are an Associate and do not intend on progressing to the Fellowship qualification, you should contact us to opt-out of PPD indefinitely, however you will be unable to book onto examinations. Any Associate that wishes to book onto an exam must record a minimum of 12 months of PPD before they are able to opt-out again.
If you have been exempt from PPD for more than three consecutive years you will need to complete PPD for a minimum of one additional year before you can qualify. The longer you have been exempt the more additional years you will need to record. This ensures the work you have completed is current and relevant to actuarial practice.
We understand that some students may be continuing to find it difficult to complete PPD if they are working from home or are not able to work/study due to effects from Covid 19. If you are struggling with completing your PPD and would like to record an exemption (break) in your PPD records please get in touch with Member Services. More information on PPD exemptions is available on the 'Monitoring your PPD' webpage.
Please note: Students or Associates wishing to qualify as Fellow will need to ensure they have a minimum of 36 months’ work experience recorded, this does not include exemptions or breaks in your PPD record.
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This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.
Actuaries need to take action now - but how? With a focus on climate change, this session will provide informed insight to enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the issues involved, demonstrate how it will impact advice to your clients, and highlight prospective opportunities for actuaries within pensions and wider fields.
A joint webinar from the CMI Mortality Projections and SAPS committees that will cover: recent mortality experience in the SAPS dataset and the general population; the CMI Model benchmarking survey; the MPC 2021 interim update paper; plans for CMI_2021; and initial thoughts on possible "S4" Series pensioner mortality tables.
The webinar will be presented by Cobus Daneel (Chair of Mortality Projections Committee) and Matthew Fletcher (Chair of SAPS Committee).
Pension scams have become more prevalent as a result of the pandemic, and Trustees have increased responsibilities to protect members, which means that actuaries need to be in a position to provide advice in this area. Our specialist panel will include a professional trustee, an IFA and head administrator, two of whom are members of PASA.
The Covid-19 pandemic creates a challenge for actuaries analysing experience data that includes mortality shocks. To address this we present a methodology for modelling portfolio mortality data that offers local flexibility in the time dimension. The approach permits the identification of seasonal variation, mortality shocks, and late-reported deaths. The methodology also allows actuaries to measure portfolio-specific mortality improvements. Results are given for a mature annuity portfolio in the UK
In this webinar, the authors of the 2021 Brian Hey prize winning paper present a new deep learning model called the LocalGLMnet. While deep learning models lead to very competitive regression models, often outperforming classical statistical models such as generalized linear models, the disadvantage is that deep learning solutions are difficult to interpret and explain, and variable selection is not easily possible.
The dominant underwriting approach is a mix between rule-based engines and traditional underwriting. Applications are first assessed by automated rule-based engines which typically are capable of processing only simple applications. The remaining applications are reviewed by underwriters or referred to the reinsurers. This research aims to construct predictive machine learning models for complicated applications that cannot be processed by rule-based engines.
With the Pension Schemes Act 2021 requiring a long term strategy from Trustees and sponsors, choosing a pensions endgame strategy has become even more critical. However, it is important that the endgame options available are adequately assessed before choosing one. With an ever-increasing array of creative and innovative options available, this decision may not be straightforward.