The Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning goes beyond the
benchmark exam standards and enables professional advisers to
develop their specialist planning capabilities. And with completion
leading to Chartered status, this QCF Level 6 qualification gives
holders clear differentiation from the main body of advisers.
It builds on existing skills and develops knowledge gained
through previous study and workplace training. It consolidates and
advances work already undertaken, most typically in completing the
Diploma in Financial Planning or the first completion level of the
AFPC (both of which carry the membership designation DipPFS').
The Advanced Diploma covers topics key to financial planners
with one compulsory unit:
- Personal tax and trust planning
- Business financial planning
- Pension planning
- Investment planning
- Senior management and supervision
- Financial planning process - compulsory
On completion of the Advanced Diploma you will be better
prepared to offer a sophisticated and comprehensive approach to
financial management, ensuring that you provide your clients with a
level of service that meets or exceeds their expectations.
Upon completion of the Advanced Diploma PFS members are entitled
to use the designation APFS (Continuing Professional Development
Chartered Financial Planner
Advanced Diploma holders are also eligible to use the Chartered
Financial Planner title (subject to having five years' experience,
not necessarily post-qualification).
Chartered status reinforces the importance of professionalism in
a fast-moving and competitive market. It also helps place the
financial advice sector on a par with other professions, such as
accountants and solicitors and distinguishes holders from their
competitors and peers.
Independent research reveals that the Chartered Financial
Planner title, which is now held by more than 3,500, individuals,
resonates best with the public in terms of recognition, trust and
The CII also offers corporate Chartered status to qualifying
financial advice firms, further enhancing the visible
professionalism of the advice sector. The eligibility criteria for
corporate Chartered status includes a specified number of directors
holding individual Chartered status in their own right.
Those wishing to continue their studies can also work towards
Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society. A total of 350 credits
are required to obtain the fellowship, this must include obtaining
290 credits through completion of the Advanced Diploma in Financial
Planning. The remaining 60 credits can come from any of the
examinations offered within the CII financial services
Why the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning?
The Advanced Diploma delivers many advantages:
- Demonstrate your commitment to learning and personal
development, assisting with career progression.
- Supports lifelong learning as credits awarded in respect of
relevant study already undertaken are retained throughout your
working life and can count towards completion.
- Supports personalised learning activity through the provision
of clearly-defined, targeted topics appropriate to your job
- Differentiates you from other financial advisers, providing a
- Develops enhanced technical knowledge and sophisticated
financial planning skills to support the provision of high quality
- Upon completion PFS members are entitled to use the industry's
leading designations 'APFS''. This is respected throughout the
industry and increasingly acknowledged by the public as
demonstrating professional standing (Continuing Professional
Development requirements apply).
- Advanced Diploma holders can apply to become Chartered
Is the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning right for
The Advanced Diploma is appropriate for a wide range of people,
- Financial planning staff wishing to progress to the highest
financial planning qualifications and designations
(Associateship/APFS, Fellowship/FPFS and Chartered status).
- Anyone who gives financial advice to clients, including
independent financial advisers, tied advisers, para-planners and
related staff such as pension analysts, financial analysts, senior
- Accountants, lawyers, actuaries and other staff carrying out
financial planning activities.
Your next step
Now that you have read about the Advanced Diploma in Financial
Planning, gained an understanding of what it offers and decided
that it meets your career development plans, it is time to finalise
The links at the top of this page contain all the information
you require to study for and complete this qualification. As you
read through these, you will learn about the units on offer, the
available learning materials, terms and conditions relating to
entry, and the different ways you can enter.
Further useful information:
statement - For details of credits you hold and
confirmation of your personalised completion requirements for the
- FAQs - Our frequently asked
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