We are now into 2018, and facing a number of Chartered Insurance Institute changes that make passing any of their exams a whole lot tougher.
If you are not aware of these changes they are:
- No CII face to face workshops
The CII have completely pulled out of offering learners any workshop support. This is not just in relation to the RO exams it also includes the JO and AF papers.Now we all know the quality of CII workshops were variable, dependant on the facilitator allocated to the course. As the CII did not have its own training team, these workshops were run by independent consultants, so it was a bit of a lucky dip – some were absolutely brilliant, others less so. But, at least you had the option for some face to face support – now there is none, whether you want it or not.
- No learner choice in the study materials used
From the 1st January 2018, the CII has expanded its ‘packaged approach’ to include all the RO, JO and AF papers. Now, a learner has less choice in the materials they use to study from. If they want another provider’s, they have to pay extra ‘on top’ on the cost of a CII package. Some students will not be able to afford this, especially if they are funding their exam journey themselves.Apparently this new approach is 'in line with other exam bodies' out there. Well this may be true, but does this make these changes right for learners and ethical? BTS think not.
- CII learner materials are not highly rated
The CII R01 book is a fantastic technical reference guide, but as a learning tool it could be better. Learners need simple explanations. They need to start from the bottom and gradually build up their knowledge, not page after page of words with little interactivity.
What comments do we get from our learners in relation to R01 and the CII approach?
The feedback we have received include comments such as:
- I did all the recommended self-study hours plus some more, practised on RevisionMate questions, yet when I sat the R01 exam itself it was totally different to the areas I had revised and practised on
- I felt that I had done something wrong when I sat the exam, as the questions were so different from what I studied in the CII R01 guide and the questions I had practised on
- It felt like I had studied the wrong manual when I sat the exam!
- I felt really stupid – why did I fail the exam when I had done the required self-study and more plus lots of questions practice
So, what is available to help you?
Our first R01 workshop in 2018 is scheduled for the 15th/16th February.
This will be an intensive two days, concentrating on exam key areas and using additional exam-style questions and crib-sheets to aid key learning.
For anyone struggling to pass R01 this will be invaluable. Because we concentrate on key exam areas, we achieve fantastic pass-rates as a result.
To book a place, you can contact us at: http://www.bespoketrainingsolutions.com/contact-us/
Numbers will be capped at a maximum of 12, as we are great believers that once a group is above a certain number, then learning tends to be diluted.
BTS have a proven track record of outstanding R0 exam success, gained over many years of supporting candidates. We use top-class trainers and utilise first-rate workshop materials and practice questions.
How successful are BTS at R01 exam passes?
Pretty successful. It is not unusual for us to achieve 100% RO1 pass-rates (this is dependant on the amount of self-study candidates do before attending a workshop – we are not miracle workers!)
Out of the 186 students we have trained on R01 in the last two years we have helped 175 to pass first time. That is a 94% pass-rate - of which we are pretty darn proud!
As you can tell from the above - we track the results from all of our workshops, otherwise how can a company tell how effective its workshops and materials are?
How much will the R01 workshop cost?
We have given this a lot of thought. BTS appreciate that many people will be paying this themselves, so the price has to be affordable whilst allowing BTS to cover its costs and make a living.
So, this two-day workshop will cost £325 + VAT per person. Depending on how many people sign up, the days may or may not include refreshments/lunch etc. We may be talking bargain-basement ‘no-frills’ just to allow this to run!
So, get on board with BTS in 2018, and let all your contacts know we are here and what we offer.