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Personal and Professional Development FAQs

  • 1. What is PPD?

    PPD is Personal and Professional Development. It is a revised version of the current work-based skills (WBS).

    As part of the journey to become a qualified member of the IFoA, an individual needs to demonstrate relevant skills and experience within a work environment. To do this, the IFoA requires Personal and Professional Development (PPD) to be completed in addition to the examinations and professionalism requirements.

  • 2. When will PPD be launched?

    A decision was taken to launch PPD in September 2017. This will be done alongside the new Communication Practice exam (CP3) as they have a direct impact on each other.

  • 3. What happens if I want to qualify after I have taken and passed CP3 in September 2017 or April 2018?

    You will be required to complete a declaration, which will be submitted alongside your WBS documentation that demonstrates that you have completed the communication element of PPD and the learning outcome of that experience. This must be submitted before 1 September 2018.

    This declaration should also be signed by a Fellow. This will form part of the final sign off process. All other qualifiers from the September 2018 exam session onwards will be able to complete the communication element online as part of PPD.

  • 4. Will the syllabus change for the exams as a result of the new curriculum?

    Yes it will. The syllabus comprises detailed information on all of the modules, objectives and requirements of the relevant actuarial qualifications under the new curriculum. You can find details of the syllabus changes here.

  • 5. What is the format of PPD?

    The PPD requirement will include three categories, subdivided into three key competencies with each competency carrying a credit value. All credits will be recorded online and there will be a minimum annual requirement for each qualification route.

    The PPD requirement will be in line with the CPD Scheme which all members need to adhere to.

    The three key competencies of the PPD requirement will be:

    • Effective Communications
    • Problem Solving
    • Decision Making - Professionalism

  • 6. Who needs to do PPD?

    All students of the IFoA need to do PPD. If you join after September 2017 you will embark straight onto PPD. If you have joined before that date then there will be transition rules for you to follow. You will see those below.

  • 7. What if I joined before June 2004 and am currently exempt from doing WBS?

    You will be brought onto the PPD scheme. This will ensure that you have the necessary skills to bring you in line with industry needs. You can read what you will need to complete below in the transition rules.

  • 8. What happens if I'm still working through the current WBS structure?

    Transition rules will apply to you – you can review those transition rules below

  • 9. How much PPD do I need to complete?

    • You will be required to record a minimum number of credits of PPD every year that you are a student
    • The 12 month period runs from the date you joined the IFoA if you joined us after September 2017
      • If you joined before this date, then your PPD year will run from the next anniversary of you becoming an IFoA student member (see below for more information)
    • Should you qualify part way through a PPD year a proportional amount of PPD credits will be required for that year
    • The minimum length of experience required for Fellow is 36 months.

  • 10. What are the transition rules for current students working towards WBS
  • 11. What if I qualify after September 2020?

    Then you will only be required to submit PPD material. This is despite any previous WBS that you may have completed already.

  • 12. Will my PPD be audited each year?

    A select group of students will be audited each year. If you joined in September 2017 then any auditing of your records will happen in October 2018 to ensure your compliance over the first year of your student membership

  • 13. Can I check with someone what my specific requirements are?

    Yes, you can contact our Education Services team for more details

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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.

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  • SIAS Event: Navigating Organisational Politics Positively

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

    Spaces available

    The term 'office politics' usually has a lot of negative connotations and indeed an inability to be able to navigate an organisation's formal processes and interact effectively with others at work can have far reaching adverse consequences.

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    Public scrutiny of what investment funds deliver for consumers continues to be high profile, with the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study requiring fund managers to make (and publish) an annual assessment of value for authorised funds from the end of 2019.

  • Reimagining ageing

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London WC1V 7Q
    14 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Reimagining ageing, hosted by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, in partnership with the ILC

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    Increasing global concern over the impact of climate change has recently led to public scrutiny over the adequacy of existing risk management practices by insurance firms and pension schemes in dealing with these challenges, that potentially impact both individual actuaries and the IFOA generally.


  • 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. 

  • KSS event – FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    EY, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

    To book your place, please email 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

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

    Spaces available

    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

  • Cass Event – New Thinking about Deferred Annuities

    Cass Business School, Executive Education Facilities 200 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HD
    21 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Our motivation for discussing this important subject comes from some exciting recent research which has analysed the impact of behavioural factors on the decision to purchase an annuity. This work has shown that behavioural factors can explain the well-known low demand for immediate annuities but this research also identifies an important opportunity in relation to deferred annuities (DA). The research suggests that these factors lead to positive incentives to purchase a DA and that, for longer deferred periods, a DA could be an attractive product for both consumers and insurers.

  • IFoA/SAS Joint Professional Skills Training – Singapore

    Room 903, NTUC Centre, Level 9, One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
    25 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Singapore Actuarial Society (SAS) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Singapore. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • AGM and Presidential Address 2019 + Volunteer and Member Drinks Reception

    The Hub  Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the INSTITUTE AND FACULTY OF ACTUARIES will be held at The Hub, Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 16.30 (Preceded by tea from 16.00) and followed by a PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS given by John Taylor.

  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

  • IFoA/ASM Joint Professional Skills Training – Kuala Lumpur

    Menara AIA, Auditorium, 99 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
    28 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Kuala Lumpur. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • 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.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year.