This policy applies to ARC Wealth Pty Ltd trading as ARC Wealth in compliance with Corporations (Relevant Providers Continuing Professional Development Standard) Determination 2018. Specifically, it applies to all relevant providers both authorised and employed by the stated licensee.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an essential component of being a professional and embeds a culture of lifelong learning. This policy embeds a CPD framework and outlines the CPD requirements under Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Act 2017 (Cth) and Corporations (Relevant Providers Continuing Professional Development Standard) Determination 2018, which requires all individuals identified as ‘relevant providers’ to meet the requirements for CPD set by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority Limited (FASEA).
This document outlines the overarching CPD policy and provides a summary of the relevant provider requirements.
This CPD policy embeds the following principles:
• CPD maintains currency of technical knowledge
• CPD enhances and extends knowledge and skills
• CPD involves critical reflection and development
• CPD is relevant and flexible
• CPD is integral to ethical and professional practice
Act: Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Act 2017
CPD year: The 12-month period beginning on the day of the year included in the most recent notice given by the licensee under section 922HA of the Act.
Relevant provider: a person is a relevant provider if the person:
(a) is an individual; and
(i) a financial services licensee; or
(ii) an authorised representative of a financial services licensee; or
(iii) an employee or director of a financial services licensee; or
(iv) an employee or director of a related body corporate of a financial services licensee; and
(c) is authorised to provide personal advice to retail clients, as the licensee or on behalf of the licensee, in relation to relevant financial products.
Provisional relevant provider: a relevant provider who is undertaking work and training in accordance with subsection 921B(4) of the Act.
Formal relevant education: includes any of the following:
(a) a degree or equivalent qualification approved under the Corporations (Relevant Providers Degrees, Qualifications and Courses Standard) Determination 2018
(b) a course determined in a legislative instrument under paragraph 1546B(1)(b) of the Act
(c) education or training provided or approved by a professional association
(d) formal education or training study towards qualifications or designations relevant to practice as a relevant provider.
Professional or technical reading: reading of relevant magazines, academic readings or journal articles that is unstructured and does not contain an assessment.
ARC Wealth, CPD Year is 1st July to 30th June as per the most recent notice provided to ASIC under section 922HA of the Corporations Act 2001.
CPD obligations of relevant providers
Total minimum target: 40 hours of ‘qualifying CPD’ per CPD year.
Qualifying CPD activities must include a minimum in the following areas:
Note: The above table sets out the FASEA minimum requirements in each area. However, the ARC Wealth has discretion to increase the minimum hours they require e.g. Technical Competence may be increased to 21 hours.
CPD obligations of part-time relevant providers
Total minimum target: 36 hours of ‘qualifying CPD’ per CPD year.
Qualifying CPD activities must include a minimum in the following areas:
A CPD activity must relate to one of the following CPD areas:
1. Technical Competence
The activity is designed to enhance participants’ technical proficiency and ability to develop and provide advice strategies that are appropriate to the objectives, financial situations and needs of different classes of retail clients.
2. Client Care and Practice
The activity is designed to enhance participants’ ability to act as a client-centric practitioner in advising retail clients.
3. Regulatory Compliance and Consumer Protection
The activity is designed to enhance participants’ understanding of applicable legal obligations and how to comply with them.
4. Professionalism and Ethics
The activity is designed to enhance participants’ capacity to act as an ethical professional.
The activity is designed to maintain and extend participants’ professional capabilities, knowledge and skills, including keeping up to date with regulatory, technical and other relevant developments, but is not in an area referred to in another item of this table.
In any CPD year, no more than the specified hours in each activity below may be counted as follows:
30 hours of formal relevant education
4 hours of professional or technical reading
Assessment and approval of CPD plans
At the beginning of each financial year, ARC Wealth sets CPD Plan targets that are tailored to each relevant provider, based upon assessment, review and individual development needs. The CPD Plan recommends training to maintain competency in the areas the relevant provider is qualified and licensed to provide Financial Advice. The plan will consist of no less than the minimum hours and knowledge areas required by FASEA. All CPD Plans are designed to meet or exceed standards set by FASEA. CPD Plans are approved by the training manager.
Approval of qualifying CPD activities
70/100% of all CPD activities undertaken by relevant providers must be assessed and approved by the licensee.
The following approval process is required:
Assessment of qualifying CPD activities
A CPD activity must meet and provide evidence of the following requirements to be approved as a ‘qualifying CPD activity’:
Clearly defined aims and learning outcomes
Clearly defined, logical structure that follows adult learning principles
Is current, accurate and up-to-date
Relates to one of the FASEA CPD areas
Is the appropriate learning level and has appropriate technical or practical content
Deals primarily with matters related to the provision of financial product advice, financial advice services and financial advice business
Is led or conducted by one or more persons with appropriate expertise, academic qualifications and practical experience
Enhances advisers’ knowledge and skills, and/or contributes to the maintenance of knowledge and skills in areas relevant to the provision of financial product advice and financial advice services
Includes one or more of the following: workshop, face-face presentation, multimedia, worked examples, activities, case studies, tips, warnings, and if appropriate, reference to relevant legislation
Preference is given to activities with a structured assessment component. Evidence of the successful completion of the assessment is required.
For approval to be granted for a ‘qualifying CPD activity’ the following evidence is required:
Proof of attendance/completion (e.g. certificate, digital record, transcript), which includes as a minimum:
– The name of the activity and the provider
– The date the activity was undertaken
– An overview of the activity
– A bio or CV of person(s) who developed or presented the activity, including academic qualifications and experience
– The CPD area to which it relates
– The duration in minutes/hours of the activity
– The letterhead and/or signature of the provider or an appropriate authorised person.
ARC Wealth will approve at a minimum as many activities as will enable a relevant provider to comply with their CPD requirements. However, ARC Wealth will not approve an activity unless the activity meets the qualifying CPD activity requirements and evidence requirements set out in this policy.
Allocation of hours
CPD hours will be assessed and allocated on the estimated time taken to complete all content components (including video and/or multimedia) plus the completion of the assessment, on the basis of a ‘reasonable person’, with the appropriate knowledge.
The Kaplan Professional Ontrack platform will be used to record the completion of CPD activities. CPD plans will specify each relevant provider’s:
individual overall CPD target
minimum requirements in each CPD area
any other specific requirements that must be met
The platform will monitor individual progress and provide reporting.
For CPD activities undertaken and completed outside the Ontrack platform, each individual relevant provider is required to upload details into Ontrack and submit evidence for assessment and approval to ARC Wealth. It is the relevant provider’s responsibility to maintain complete and accurate records within Ontrack.
If a relevant provider has not been practicing or authorised as a relevant provider for a continuous period of 2 years or more, then they must comply with the following career break requirements.
ARC Wealth must approve the relevant providers CPD plan for the first CPD year prior to resuming practice. Their first CPD plan may require additional CPD hours be completed to ensure ARC Wealth is satisfied that it is appropriate to address gaps in the relevant provider’s competence, knowledge and skills arising from the relevant provider’s absence from practice.
If a relevant provider is affected by illness, medical conditions, disability or undertakes parental leave the relevant providers CPD plan will be amended to reflect pro-rata requirements for the relevant year of return according to the calendar month of return to work.
Provisional relevant providers
Provisional relevant providers who are completing their Professional Year are not required to meet CPD requirements. In the first CPD year as a relevant provider, CPD requirements will be pro-rated for the period between the completion of the professional year and the CPD year.
Existing relevant providers new to ARC Wealth
In the event that an existing relevant t provider joins ARC Wealth as a relevant provider, ARC Wealth will require to sight and maintain a record of the current and previous year’s CPD records.
Monitoring of the completion of CPD requirements by each relevant provider will be undertaken using the reporting functionality of Ontrack on a quarterly basis.
A relevant provider must comply with the CPD obligations specified in this policy.
Failure to meet the specified requirements requires the licensee to notify ASIC of the relevant providers non-compliance with the continuing professional development standard (922HB, Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Act 2017).
922HB Obligation to notify ASIC of non‑compliance with continuing professional development standard
(1) A notice must be lodged under this section, in accordance with section 922L, in relation to a person if, at the end of a financial services licensee’s CPD year:
(a) the person:
(i) is the licensee; or
(ii) is authorised to provide personal advice to retail clients, on behalf of the licensee, in relation to relevant financial products; and
(b) the person is a relevant provider; and
(c) the relevant provider has not complied with section 921D during the licensee’s CPD year.
Note 1: A financial services licensee may obtain information from a relevant provider under section 922N for the purposes of determining whether to lodge a notice under this section.
Note 2: Subsection 921D(1) requires certain relevant providers to meet the continuing professional development standard in subsection 921B(5).
(2) The notice must state that the relevant provider has not complied with section 921D during the licensee’s CPD year.
Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Act 2017
If a relevant provider has not met their CPD requirements in any one year, suspension of their ability to advise may be revoked until such time as they have completed their required CPD requirements.