Focus enhances TestMeOnline offering to support RDR compliance

1 July 2009

Focus Solutions group plc, an established supplier of enterprise solutions to the financial services industry, today announces a number of significant developments to its TestMeOnline product, to further support advisers and firms on the journey to RDR compliance.

The Coaching Platform, Focus’ group training company, has integrated Level 4 workbooks and test questions into TestMeOnline for examination preparation and for evidencing ongoing competence in industry technical knowledge. This will allow advisers to take steps towards the new minimum benchmark standard immediately. To support the process of filling any gaps between the existing Level 4 qualifications and the new exams, TestMeOnline has been developed with competency tracks and fully auditable CPD recording.

In addition, TestMeOnline now includes a range of supervisory tools which enable firms to define, set, track and record all regulatory and business/individual led development without the need for paper records. It also allows progress against the firm’s competence standards to be viewed via a supervisor dashboard giving both the supervisor and senior management a clear view of adviser activity and development as well as the level of supervisory control in place.

Alison Young, Director of The Coaching Platform said “We are delighted with the enhancements we have made and the new capabilities that this will offer to customers. The variety of learning methods available within our solution gives customers the flexibility to prescribe the development steps required for initial competence in the new RDR world but also to respond to the overall ongoing development needs of their staff to build a competitive edge for their organisation. The timescales for meeting the requirements of the RDR are in fact pretty tight and having a framework that will support all structured, unstructured, regulatory and skills based development is critical.”

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