Pensions Transfer Advice

The FCA has published new rules and guidance on pension transfer advice. These rules have been bought in to ensure a better quality of advice is afforded to individuals transferring their DB pension to a DC scheme

What is it?

The FCA has published new rules and guidance on pension transfer advice. Some of these changes came to effect on the 15 June 2020 and the remainder came into force on the 1 October 2020

Knowledge and Competence

CPD requirements

Individuals affected will be required to undertake 15 hours of CPD on Pension Transfers on an annual basis. Please note for Retail Investment Advisers, that this 15 hours CPD on pensions transfers needs to be completed on top of the 35-hour CPD requirement.

Structured 9 hours
Structured/Unstructured 6 hours
Total *15 hours

*5 hours must be completed by an external independent provider. This CPD can completed as structured or unstructured CPD.

The CISI is currently developing its CPD Schemes to enable members affected by these new CPD requirements to monitor their CPD. We will make you aware of these changes once they have been made live.

Please find below CPD opportunities available to you, to assist you in meeting your requirements.

The FCA rules do not specify a starting date for the 12-month period. Firms/individuals can use their current CPD year date if they wish. However, firms/individuals should ensure that measures are in place to comply with the new pensions CPD requirements from 1 October 2020. This may mean doing a pro-rata amount of CPD in the first period after implementation or completing the full 15 hours in that time.