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Heffron expands education offering

Heffron Meg Heffron Education Superannuation sector Super in 60

Heffron has expanded the scope of its education offering to include professionals who do not actively work with superannuation, but need regular updates about developments in the sector.

SMSF administration provider Heffron has expanded its education services to cover professionals who do not routinely work in the superannuation sector and will offer the training to clients at no cost.

Heffron managing director Meg Heffron said the new offering, Super in 60, would cover key issues, risks and opportunities in superannuation and consist of 60-minute webinars, released every six months, delivered by the firm’s technical team.

“This might seem a little counterintuitive – a superannuation educator looking to educate people who don’t specialise in SMSFs and have no desire to do so,” Heffron said.

“We have plenty of education options for people who are actively engaged in superannuation and SMSF advice or accounting, but people who come to our training then often take a lot of responsibility for communicating the latest changes within their wider business.

“We want to help – we have had great success in recent years providing valuable ad hoc training to, say, business services accountants or general tax specialists. It’s time to make that available publicly.

“We work with a great many accounting and advice firms that cover a wide range of specialties. Many of the professionals in those firms don’t have the time or interest in spending a lot of time on superannuation, but they are talking to clients and small business owners all day. So they need some super knowledge even if they don’t work directly with SMSFs.”

Heffron will make the new education offering available at no cost to clients of the firm’s actuarial certificate service and charge $176 for the service to non-actuarial certificate clients.

The rollout of Super in 60 follows the release of Super Foundations, a course for those entering the SMSF sector, which went live in February.

Speaking at the Heffron Super Intensive Day in late August, Heffron said that course had been well received and was being used by its intended audience, but had also been picked up by financial planning and auditing firms, which were using it to train new practitioners, and administration and back-office staff.

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