Industry bodies collaborate

NIBA and ANZIIF have announced a landmark partnership on the delivery of insurance broker education in Australia.

ANZIIF will become NIBA’s preferred supplier of broker education, taking immediate effect, with the organisations having been in discussions about the development of new education and training since March.

NIBA CEO Dallas Booth and ANZIIF CEO Prue Willsford say the collaboration will produce positive effects for brokers, their businesses and their clients.

“We have a long relationship with ANZIIF and we are looking forward to working together to ensure Australian brokers have access to representation and world-class education,” Booth says.

“This partnership will facilitate this and we have full confidence that it will deliver positive outcomes for individual brokers and, ultimately, for their businesses and clients.”

Willsford says that both bodies are pleased to be undertaking the partnership and working together to produce better results for brokers.

“This collaboration is industry-led and has been in development for many months,” Willsford says.

“As not-for-profit education providers, our reason for being is the success and health of the insurance industry and the brokers and brokerages within it.

“We are pleased that we – NIBA, ANZIIF and industry – are able to work so effectively together on what we are confident will provide brokers the best possible education and training.”

The agreement coincides with the launch of the ANZIIF Skills Units, which showcase major reforms made in industry education. The units are FNS15-compliant and are designed to reflect present and future needs of brokers.

As part of the agreement, NIBA and ANZIIF will continue to work with industry on broker research and industry initiatives, as well as education standards and professionalism.

NIBA will maintain its member services, lobbying capabilities and representation responsibilities, while ANZIIF will continue its education, membership and community projects.

NIBA College, meanwhile, will take no further enrolments into its qualifications, training and CPD programs.

Existing NIBA College students will have until 1 September 2016 to complete their studies. From this date, remaining NIBA students will transition to ANZIIF’s education programs.

“Quality education and training will remain the foundation on which professionalism in insurance broking is built,” NIBA CEO Dallas Booth says.

“NIBA and ANZIIF will work closely to ensure education meets the needs of today’s brokers, while also preparing them for the challenges that lie ahead.”

Get all the details regarding the NIBA/ANZIIF education collaboration here.

Catch NIBA CEO Dallas Booth’s take on the partnership here.