Graham Evans, Head of Compliance here at Equity Release Supermarket, has been appointed the Chief Examiner for the Level 3 Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER) at the London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF). Graham will combine these roles as well as being a member of the Equity Release Council Standards Board.
The LIBF announced the changes to its Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER) this month, with the new exams taking effect in January 2020.
Graham will be joining other leading industry experts as they embed high standards within the Study Text, and Learning Outcomes, ensuring the new material covers the ever-changing market requirements and industry priorities.
“I am joining the London Institute of Banking & Finance at an exciting time as they have created learning material specifically to develop a specialist knowledge and skillset in the mortgage advice and equity release sector. There are a variety of learning options to facilitate continuous assessment throughout the equity release studies, including: Interactive activities, videos, knowledge tests, and supplementary content from equity release industry specialists.
“As an FCA requirement, it is of paramount importance that the examination fulfils the breadth and depth of this rapidly changing market. We’ve seen tremendous growth in the later life sector over the past few years and it is very important that we equip new advisers and administrators with a more detailed and broader knowledge," said Graham.,
Graham added: “The qualification consists of two units; Unit 1: Fundamentals of Equity Release, and Unit 2: Equity Release Solutions. In each topic of the learning materials, there are features to help break down studying into manageable sections, absorb information and prepare for the examination.”
Along with his latest appointment, Graham also sits on the Equity Release Council Standards Board, representing larger firms and spearheading change.
The ERC announced the launch of their new revised standards this month, which come into effect on 1 January 2020, having agreed that the new standards are clear, fresh and much more relevant for an expanding membership.
“I am a proud member of the Equity Release Council Standards Board as I am committed to driving high standards in the industry to ensure that every customer receives fair, clear, open and transparent advice. I have worked with a dedicated team, adding new valuable content including, the different types of charges that a customer might incur throughout the lifetime of their equity release product as well as providing guidance around the new standards.” said Graham.
Mark Gregory, Founder & CEO at Equity Release Supermarket added: “It’s always been our policy at Equity Release Supermarket to recruit the very best in class in order to provide our customers with outstanding financial advice. Graham’s recognition in the industry, plus his new appointment is reflective of the extremely high calibre of employees we have at Equity Release Supermarket.”