Ferma says its plans involve developing a framework that leverages existing education and training programmes

Michel Dennery

Ferma outlined its initial steps for creating a new European risk managers certificate of professional competence at its biannual forum.

Head of Ferma’s working party on certification Michel Dennery said that it plans to develop a framework by leveraging the education and training programmes already under way or in development by its member associations. Eight of Ferma’s members associations already have an education programme through their own education body.  

Each association has been asked to nominate one of its members to work with the Ferma certification technical committee composed of board member Isabel Martinez and technical advisor Marie Gemma Dequae.

The next step is for this group to define the scope of the certification, with the aim of publishing a first draft within a year.

Dennery said: “This is a really exciting project for Ferma. Certification will take time to develop and there are plenty of details to be discussed but we believe European certification can bring real value to our member associations and their members.”

He added: “Some associations have already provided material for the group to work on, so we are not starting with a completely blank sheet.”

But Dennery stressed that Ferma does not aim to turn into a professional body. He said: “Ferma has never intended to become an education body. Our intention is that the educational institutions will use this European body of knowledge to ensure that their diplomas meet the profession’s expectations.”

At the same time board member and president of Ifrima Carl Leeman said that Ifrima will pursue the development of an international certificate in consultation with Ferma and US and Latin American risk management associations. A working group from these associations will meet in January to discuss the next steps.