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Skill sets for Practising Certificate holders

Our members perform a number of important roles for which they need to hold one of our Practising Certificates (PC)

These roles are:

  • Scheme Actuary to a pension scheme
  • Actuary providing an Actuarial Opinion on the technical reserves of a Lloyd's Syndicate
  • Chief Actuary covering one of:  Life, non-Life without Lloyd's, and non-Life with Lloyd's
  • Actuarial Function Holder of a life insurance company
  • With-Profits Actuary of a with-profits life insurance fund

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We have produced a framework of skill sets to help our members identify the skills, knowledge and competencies which will enable them to carry out these roles effectively

The framework will also provide a reference tool to guide CPD planning.  

As well as providing a useful guide for current Practising Certificate Holders, the framework may assist other actuaries working towards an approved role to identify areas for development.

The framework is also intended to  help users of actuarial services understand the skill set they can reasonably expect of the actuaries they employ.

The Framework is intended to reflect the skills that actuaries with approved roles should ideally, rather than must have, and not all of the skills will be relevant to every actuary or put to use in every actuarial activity

The Framework is not intended as an exhaustive list of every skill an actuary might need to discharge his or her duties, but instead reflects many of the personal competencies, areas of knowledge and technical skills that actuaries working in regulatory approved roles rely on to provide advice and meet the wider expectations of the stakeholders which they serve.

The Framework has been developed by the IFoA with input from current actuaries as well as the users of actuarial advice, such as Board members and regulatory bodies

Please select the Practising Certificate role which is of interest to you to find out more:

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    26 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
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    We have made it through 2020 but the COVID-19 crisis continues to have a significant impact on individuals, societies, businesses and the wider economy across the globe. Navigating the world post COVID-19 in an uncertain and highly unstable time brings along many uncertainties, challenges and exciting opportunities. Hence the theme of this year’s IFoA Asia Conference Webinar Series is “Risk. Adapt. Thrive.”

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    30 July 2021

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    In April 2021, the CMI Income Protection Committee published Working Paper 149, which detailed the changes to analysis methodology for the Income Protection Investigation and the impact of past data issues. This webinar will provide an overview of the changes in the analysis approach and discuss the adjustments to the IP11 claim inceptions graduations.

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