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First Mortgage Options offers CeMAP training

Mortgage brokers who have not yet passed CeMAP are being offered a professional lifeline by specialist packager First Mortgage Options .

FMO is rolling out a CeMAP training programme to the broker community on a weekly basis from January 28. The programme of CeMAP 1, 2, 3 and Bridge modules has already catered for the needs of almost 200 intermediaries, with 97% of delegates describing the courses as “excellent”. The programme will conclude at the end of April.

David Espin, training and compliance manager for FMO, says: “As a business we have always been committed to helping brokers and IFAs in key areas of their business. The development of the CeMAP programme is a natural extension of this commitment.

“We have correctly placed a major emphasis on those areas within CeMAP that a mortgage broker needs to have real knowledge about when dealing with consumers. The course also ensures that any technical issues associated with CeMAP are ironed out.”

FMO&#39s first CeMAP course will be run on January 28 in Reading. Thereafter the company&#39s programme will be run weekly at locations in the East and West Midlands, thr North-West, North-East and London.

All courses deliver a solid understanding of CEMAP, raise self-confidence and help delegates understand the types of questions and the way in which they are presented.

FMO managing director Alan Hill adds: “There are many reasons why a broker may not have passed CeMAP – and many of these reasons dictate that companies like FMO should continue to offer assistance for an interim period.

“Our goal is to help mortgage intermediaries develop a professional, high quality business and give them access to a range of services in order to achieve this. By taking this strategy we improve our own and our lender partners&#39 business levels. We believe helping intermediaries pass CeMAP will go some way to meeting this goal in 2003.”

The FMO CeMAP courses offer two days&#39 intensive training and include a course manual, lunch and refreshments and a revision response and support facility by email and fax. For more information, contact David Espin on 08451 295022.


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