CII membership has risen for the first time in five years, according to new figures institute director general Dr Sandy Scott will reveal at this year's conference.

Scott will present the institute's annual report and accounts to the CII conference in Birmingham this evening (26 September).

Scott will report that full membership increased from 66,000 to 67,5000, with more new female members than male.

The CII's student numbers have risen from 70,000 to 100,000 over the past year, due to a greater number of foundation level qualifications being made available in preparation for FSA regulation.

CII is currently in negotiations with Biba to set up an online competence system to be used by brokers.

"We're working with Biba, the ABI, the FSA and on a European level to define relevant proposals for competency," Scott said.

Scott confirmed the CII was "in dialogue" with the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) over future partnerships, as there was considerable duplication of their membership and functions.

Under Scott's stewardship, the CII also broke even for the first time since 1995.

Scott said it had been an "absolute pleasure" working with the CII's first female president Lillian Boyle, who will hand over to incoming president Andy Homer during the conference.