As a mortgage adviser, you know how important it is to keep up to date with what’s happening in the industry. But how should you approach continued professional development (CPD)? And where can you find the right learning for you?
Identify the right CPD for you
It's important to find something relevant to what you're doing or what you're planning to do next in your career. To pin down what to prioritise, ask yourself:
- where you need to revise your knowledge
- what sort of enquiries you’re getting from clients and potential clients
- whether you’re up to date on regulatory changes, and all the new products and services.
When you've decided where you need to develop, the next step is to make sure this is an area that interests you. If you're going to commit your time and energy, it needs to be a topic you like.
Our online CeMAP Revision Tool (CRT) will help you test your technical and regulatory knowledge and let you know where you need to develop.
Among other things, it allows you to:
- select which topics you want to be tested on
- get feedback on where you’ve given wrong answers.
Find a way to learn that suits your learning style
The next step is to find CPD in the right format. Everyone’s learning style is different. You may prefer to learn by shadowing a colleague, going to an event or conference, being mentored or reading.
If you’re preferred learning style is audio-visual, you can refresh what you learned on the CeMAP – or for equity release, the Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER) – with our tuition videos. Guided by a tutor, each video focuses on one topic and gives examples that illustrate the learning.
They’re convenient too, because, as long as you have internet access, you can watch them anywhere, anytime and as often as you want.
Studying for another mortgage qualification
If you have CeMAP – or an equivalent Level 3 mortgage qualification – you only need to complete one further module to get CeMAP Diploma.
This will give you a deeper look at complex mortgage scenarios and develop your research skills, so you can become more confident dealing with atypical and specialist cases.
If you’re getting enquiries from customers looking to release the cash in their homes, you may consider the Certificate in Regulated Equity Release.
Demonstrating your professionalism as a mortgage adviser
CPD also demonstrates your commitment to high professional standards which helps you stand out from the crowd.
If you've held either CeMAP or CeMAP Diploma for at least 12 months, you may be eligible for CeMAP Professional. To qualify, you'll need to also:
- have completed at least 15 hours of mortgage related Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the past 12 months
- have agreed to at least 15 hours of appropriate CPD to take place in the next 12 months
- adhere to our Code of Ethics.
CeMAP Professional will set you apart from your peers by illustrating your commitment to professional development. It comes with a digital badge to use in digital signatures, on your website and in social media, for example, your LinkedIn profile.
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