CSU training pilot underway

21st Aug 2014

The first cohort of community shares practitioners have been selected as part of the CSU’s Training and Licensing Pilot.

The CSU received almost 70 applications – a fantastic response. However, we were only able to select 28 experienced and emerging individuals to participate in the first pilot round.

The practitioners come from a variety of backgrounds, sectors and regions – reflecting the diversity of the community shares market. All those involved will be supporting the development of the compliance mark which will be owned and managed by the CSU but issued through the network of licensed practitioners.  

The purpose of the Compliance Mark is to increase public confidence in community share offers. It will be awarded to share offers that comply with the guidance in the Community Shares Handbook.

Those more experienced advisers will work with the CSU on assessing their existing portfolio, while less experienced practitioners will complete a training programme of four workshops before submitting a live share offer they’re working on for assessment.  

The CSU will be working with a second cohort in early 2015 and we would welcome applications from those that weren’t successful the first time, as well as new applicants. We will also be organising a number of events so the wider practitioner base can continue to engage in our work.

Thanks again to everyone that applied.