Work Based Learning (WBL)

What is WBL?

Work-based learning (“WBL”) is the basis of the Normative Skills programme where skills students are exposed to in the Normative Skills workshop and modules can be put in practice and developed in the workplace.

WBL aims to close the Gap between theory and practice when it comes to Normative Skills to form a well-rounded Actuarial Professional.

The WBL process is an excellent introduction into the CPD process that you will embark on after qualifying.

Who should do WBL?

All students that embark on the Normative Skills – Core APP and then continue on to Fellowship APP should register for WBL. Please refer to the WBL Chapter in the Student Handbook for more information. (The updated Student Handbook will be available shortly)

WBL Online System

ASSA has rolled-out a new online WBL system in January 2019.

    WBL Online System


Existing WBL students: 

  • Only students that have submitted a submission 1 to 3 on the Learning platform in 2018 will migrate to the new online system.
  • Students who are on submission 4 or later will continue their WBL on the old system.
  • Students should take note of the steps that are required to migrate from the old spreadsheet based system to the new online system. Refer to the WBL instructions below.

The online WBL system is based on a workflow solution that will allow you to capture skills development and then submit this online to your supervisor who can then review your progress, ask for additional information or approve your work online.  Email notification will be sent out if you are required to interact with the system and submit or approve information.

Get going in the new WBL online system:

Who can be a Supervisor?

  • A supervisor is a Fellow of ASSA that works in the same company or industry as you.
  • If your supervisor is not your line manager there must be effective communication between them.
  • If you are working in a non-traditional field and no Fellows are available to select as a Supervisor, please contact ASSA Education to assist you in finding a Supervisor.

Still doing the old Work Based Skills (WBS)?

The few students who embarked on the “old” work Based Skills programme – before 2015 – can continue on this path until they qualify.

Have a question on WBL?  Please submit your questions below.

  • Question or feedback
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