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NAPF and CFA Institute working together to increase investment knowledge of the finance industry for pension trustees

23 September 2014

Claritas® Investment Certificate is added to core educational offering to members

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and CFA Institute today announce an agreement which aims to increase trustees’ knowledge of the financial sector by enabling NAPF members to register for the CFA Institute Claritas Investment Certificate. 

As part of the NAPF Academy, which offers core educational trusteeship courses, the Claritas Investment Certificate will be a valuable opportunity for trustees and anyone who would like to gain a clear understanding of the investment industry and their professional responsibilities within it. This will help to bridge knowledge gaps between those who have a responsibility for assets and those who manage or advise on their behalf. The programme will be offered to NAPF members at a preferential rate.

Julian Mund, Commercial Services Director, NAPF, said:

“Through our Academy, and now with CFA Institute, the NAPF provides high quality education services that are relevant to our members and accessibly priced. Our members have more than £900bn of assets and regardless of whether the funds are managed externally or in-house it’s vital that their trustee boards and pensions staff have a clear understanding of investment industry essentials and the roles and responsibilities within it. The Claritas Investment Certificate offers our members just that.”

Kate Lander, CFA, Head of Education (EMEA) at CFA Institute, commented:

“The NAPF is an integral part of the UK pensions industry and through the adoption of the Claritas Investment Certificate, trustees will have the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge of the financial sector and how it works, ultimately contributing to the effective stewardship of pensions funds in the long-term. We are delighted to be partnering with the NAPF on this initiative to help further our mission of promoting the highest standards of ethics, education and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.”

The Claritas Investment Certificate is accessible to a wide range of professionals and is a self-study course which requires between 80 to 100 hours of study over a six month period. The Claritas Investment Certificate is made up of seven modules covering the industry, tools, instruments, structure, controls, client methods, and ethics, and culminates in a single self-scheduled, online exam at a proctored testing centre. On successful completion of the examination, candidates will be awarded a certificate of knowledge.

Further information on the course and how to register can be found at the NAPF website.

 

Notes to editors:

About the NAPF
The NAPF is the voice of workplace pensions in the UK. We speak for over 1,300 pension schemes that provide pensions for over 17 million people and have more than £900 billion of assets. We also have 400 members from businesses supporting the pensions sector.

We aim to help everyone get more out of their retirement savings. To do this we promote policies that add value for savers, challenge regulation where it adds more cost than benefit and spread best practice among our members.

About CFA Institute
CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organisation is a champion for ethical behaviour in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. The end goal: to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. CFA Institute has more than 128,000 members in 150 countries and territories, including 120,000 CFA charterholders, and 148 member societies. For more information, visit www.cfainstitute.org.

Contacts

Lucy Grubb, NAPF, 020 7601 1726 or 07713 073023, [email protected]

Eleanor Bennett, NAPF, 020 7601 1718 or 07825 171446, [email protected]

Nicole Haroutunian, PR Manager (EMEA), CFA Institute, 020 7330 9551, [email protected]