Aussie has been accused of belittling industry experience with its new inductee Diploma program.
Last week, Aussie announced plans to introduce a three-week induction program for new members, which would be externally accredited as a Diploma of Financial Services.
Aussie said all new recruits of the business would need to complete this "before they meet a customer".
FBAA president Peter White said Aussie's decision to hold brokers out as industry professionals after completing a three-week Diploma was a 'disgraceful' act that belittled industry professionalism.
"This has to be the biggest load of garbage I've seen in decades of being in this industry and is a disgrace that this sort of thing should be allowed to be called higher educational standards," White said.
"It flies in the face of all those true industry professionals, of whom some have done a Diploma if they saw fit, and took them months if not a year to do even with many many years of industry experience. "
As part of Aussie's program, the franchise will also implement a structured six to eight week program to provide ongoing support through 'intensive' skill development and one-on-one sales coaching.
Aussie said its objective is to be "the most highly trained and professional large mortgage broker".
“Aussie always aims to lead the industry and this is another example where we are ensuring customers are delivered the best and most professional broking service available," executive director James Symond said.
White responded by saying new trainees should not be able to hold themselves out as professional after a three-week Diploma. White supports those who take a Diploma, but does not believe this should be enforced until ASIC makes it a minimum requirement.
"Let's get back to the real world people of proper training, proper education, and real long-term experience before anyone is called the "best and most professional" at what they do," he said.
"If this is the level higher education has dropped to then hey I'm taking a 33-year career change and going to become a neurosurgeon next week," he added.
Aussies announcement comes as the franchise targets growth in numbers "over the next few years", up from its current 1000 headcount across its entire business.
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