However, achieving CeMap is only half the battle. Before advisers can even begin to work with clients, give advice or recommend products, they will also need to have achieved competent adviser status (CAS) enabling them to provide advice and submit mortgage applications and any relevant protection without supervision.
The need for CAS status is a compulsory requirement across the entire financial services sector and ensures every adviser is able to meet the regulatory requirements and practical skills needed to successfully carry out their role.
Achieving competency status can be difficult however and is not something that advisers can do alone as they need to be assessed, supervised and receive sign-off from a senior professional during various stages of the CAS assessment process.
Assisted through the process
This means that newly-qualified advisers will need to find a mentor and firm with an academy structure that can help guide them through the CAS process by enabling them to access the training and coaching they need to build up their experience and knowledge, as well as meet the regulatory demands required to achieve competency status.
One of the ways advisers can work towards achieving CAS is by joining a broker academy within an appointed representative network that offers support and working their way up.
One of the many benefits of doing this is that it provides easy access to lead generation and a steady stream of clients which are often available via retiring and semi-retiring advisers.
Generating leads and establishing a client bank is not an easy task. Many advisers spend a great deal of time and effort over the years building and forging strong relationships with their clients, so having the ability to tap into this resource from the outset is an invaluable tool.
This enables newly-qualified advisers to build up a client bank right from the start while also reassuring retiring or semi-retiring advisers that their clients will be in safe and competent hands when their working days are long behind them.
This is an extremely beneficial arrangement for both parties as it provides a seamless transition from working full-time to retiring for the outgoing adviser, while also rewarding them with a passive income.
It also offers peace of mind that the needs of those clients they have worked so hard to cater for over the course of their career will be met with the continuity of care and service offered by the ‘next generation’ of advisers.
Achieving CAS status is no easy task, but for those newly-qualified advisers joining the mortgage industry, as well as those at the end of their career, being part of an established appointed representative network can provide the training and support they need at every stage of their career, while also ensuring the needs and demands of their clients will always be met.