Alexander Forbes consultancy arm AFP Consulting has linked up with Beachcroft Wansbroughs Consulting and regulatory consultant CSTARR to launch a scheme aimed at helping brokers obtain FSA authorisation.

The scheme consists of a series of modules designed to guide brokers step-by-step through preparation for FSA regulation.

It is also designed to help already regulated brokers to extend the terms of their FSA authorisation.

The modules include a series of publications that will be issued periodically to guide insurance brokers through the process.

Richard Carroll of AFP Consulting said "It's a user manual that will help brokers to interpret what are very arduous documents. We will also stage seminars."

Carroll said that the modules would cost brokers £1,000.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs Consulting managing director Oliver Lodge said: "The programme is clearly targeted at insurance brokers - it's focused on them and the timeframe they are working within in order to gain FSA authorisation by 2005."