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Equity release

ER1 (15 Certificate credits)

The objective of this unit is to develop an understanding of the different types of equity release products, risks to the consumer associated with equity release and application of suitable equity release solutions according to the circumstances of different customers.

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Study material testing period

2017/18 editions are applicable to exams sat from 01 September 2017 to 31 August 2018.

 

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Printed study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a study text, with electronic updates which will automatically be made available for the examination period to which they relate (further details are included on the title page of the study text).

Developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus, the text breaks down the syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.

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Additionally, you will have access to an unrivalled suite of online services to support your studies through our RevisionMate study tool. Please note: Access is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when this study text enrolment expires.
 
Support typically include a study planner, a  knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student  discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam. Full details will be provided with your study text.

 

Printed study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a study text, with electronic updates which will automatically be made available for the examination period to which they relate (further details are included on the title page of the study text).

Developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus, the text breaks down the syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.

RevisionMate
Additionally, you will have access to an unrivalled suite of online services to support your studies through our RevisionMate study tool. Please note: Access is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when this study text enrolment expires.
 
Support typically include a study planner, a  knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student  discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam. Full details will be provided with your study text.

 

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Update your study text to the next edition

We offer the option for you to extend the life of your enrolment once your course has expired and receive the next edition of the study text together with electronic updates. This option is renewable on an annual basis and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

Update your study text to the next edition

We offer the option for you to extend the life of your enrolment once your course has expired and receive the next edition of the study text together with electronic updates. This option is renewable on an annual basis and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

Study options – ebook (not refundable once downloaded)

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ebook study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a digital ebook study text, with electronic updates which will be made available for the examination period to which they relate (further details are included on the title page of the study text).

Developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus, the text breaks down the syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.

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ebooks are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool, where you will also have access to an unrivalled suite of online services to support your studies. Please note: Access to this support is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when this study text enrolment expires.

Support typically includes a study planner, key points and a knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam.

ebooks
ebooks are compatible with most portable electronic devices including Android tablets/smart phones, Kindles and iPads/iPhones. They can also be viewed on desktop and laptop computers using appropriate EPUB/Kindle reader software (required).

Please note:
• ebooks are not pdf files and cannot be printed.
• the reading experience will depend on the portable device used or the reading software installed, if viewed on a computer.

An ebook provides the same benefits as the the printed study text, with the same enrolment period, updates to content and access to RevisionMate. The cost (incl.VAT) is the same as the equivalent printed study text.

Additional benefits include:
• Portability - study on the move and when using a printed study text isn't practical
• Reduced paper use - paperless study reduces your impact on the environment
• No postage fee - ebooks are delivered electronically through RevisionMate
• Fast delivery - we aim for same day delivery for orders before midday Monday to Friday (customers receive an email to confirm their ebook is ready to download).

Depending on the device used, ebook features can include:
• Annotation tools - these include the ability to add notes to pages and highlight key points
• Easy navigation - interactive contents page and search function help you pinpoint content
• Quick web link access - related articles and resources can be accessed with a single click
• In-built dictionary - definitions for unfamiliar words
• Read-aloud - available on supporting devices, allowing increased accessibility.

Find out more
• Free sample chapters
• ebooks FAQs

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

ebook study text - 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

This is a self-study course applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018. It consists of a digital ebook study text, with electronic updates which will be made available for the examination period to which they relate (further details are included on the title page of the study text).

Developed to assist you in understanding and learning the exam syllabus, the text breaks down the syllabus into concise sections, with each chapter containing clearly defined learning outcomes and a series of self-test questions.

RevisionMate
ebooks are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool, where you will also have access to an unrivalled suite of online services to support your studies. Please note: Access to this support is granted until 31 Aug 2018 when this study text enrolment expires.

Support typically includes a study planner, key points and a knowledge check (multiple choice test) facility covering each chapter, student discussion forums, the latest examination guide and hints and tips on how to pass the exam.

ebooks
ebooks are compatible with most portable electronic devices including Android tablets/smart phones, Kindles and iPads/iPhones. They can also be viewed on desktop and laptop computers using appropriate EPUB/Kindle reader software (required).

Please note:
• ebooks are not pdf files and cannot be printed.
• the reading experience will depend on the portable device used or the reading software installed, if viewed on a computer.

An ebook provides the same benefits as the the printed study text, with the same enrolment period, updates to content and access to RevisionMate. The cost (incl.VAT) is the same as the equivalent printed study text.

Additional benefits include:
• Portability - study on the move and when using a printed study text isn't practical
• Reduced paper use - paperless study reduces your impact on the environment
• No postage fee - ebooks are delivered electronically through RevisionMate
• Fast delivery - we aim for same day delivery for orders before midday Monday to Friday (customers receive an email to confirm their ebook is ready to download).

Depending on the device used, ebook features can include:
• Annotation tools - these include the ability to add notes to pages and highlight key points
• Easy navigation - interactive contents page and search function help you pinpoint content
• Quick web link access - related articles and resources can be accessed with a single click
• In-built dictionary - definitions for unfamiliar words
• Read-aloud - available on supporting devices, allowing increased accessibility.

Find out more
• Free sample chapters
• ebooks FAQs

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Members
£35.00
Non-members
£43.00
Update your ebook study text to the next edition

We offer the option for you to extend the life of your enrolment once your course has expired and receive the next edition of the ebook study text together with electronic updates. This option is renewable on an annual basis and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Update your ebook study text to the next edition

We offer the option for you to extend the life of your enrolment once your course has expired and receive the next edition of the ebook study text together with electronic updates. This option is renewable on an annual basis and you will be sent a letter inviting you to update your material.

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete.

Revision aids - 17/18 editions

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Printed key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Comprehensive pocket-sized booklets summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018).

These are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

Printed key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Comprehensive pocket-sized booklets summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018).

These are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

Members
£26.00
Non-members
£30.00
e-key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018). Please note, access to the e-key facts booklet will not be granted after this period.

e-key fact booklets are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

e-key fact booklets are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool and are compatible with most portable electronic devices including Android tablets/smart phones, Kindles and iPads/iPhones, using appropriate ereader software.

They can also be viewed on desktop and laptop computers using appropriate EPUB/Kindle reader software (required).

Please note:
• e-key fact booklets are not pdf files and cannot be printed.
• the reading experience will depend on the portable device used or the reading software installed, if viewed on a computer.


Additional benefits include:
• Portability - study on the move and when using a printed study text isn't practical
• Reduced paper use - paperless study reduces your impact on the environment
• No postage fee - ebooks are delivered electronically through RevisionMate
• Fast delivery- we aim for same day delivery for orders before midday Monday to Friday (customers receive an email to confirm their ebook is ready to download).

Depending on the device used, ebook features can include:
• Annotation tools - these include the ability to add notes to pages and highlight key points
• Easy navigation - interactive contents page and search function help you pinpoint content
• Quick web link access - related articles and resources can be accessed with a single click
• In-built dictionary - definitions for unfamiliar words
• Read-aloud - available on supporting devices, allowing increased accessibility.

Find out more
• Free sample chapters
• ebooks FAQs

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete. 

e-key fact booklet – 2017/18 edition (applicable to exams sat 01 Sep 17 to 31 Aug 18)

Summarising the key information contained in the study text (applicable to exams sat from 01 Sep 2017 to 31 Aug 2018). Please note, access to the e-key facts booklet will not be granted after this period.

e-key fact booklets are perfect for studying when travelling to and from work or in situations when reading a study text is impractical.

e-key fact booklets are delivered via RevisionMate, the CII's online study tool and are compatible with most portable electronic devices including Android tablets/smart phones, Kindles and iPads/iPhones, using appropriate ereader software.

They can also be viewed on desktop and laptop computers using appropriate EPUB/Kindle reader software (required).

Please note:
• e-key fact booklets are not pdf files and cannot be printed.
• the reading experience will depend on the portable device used or the reading software installed, if viewed on a computer.


Additional benefits include:
• Portability - study on the move and when using a printed study text isn't practical
• Reduced paper use - paperless study reduces your impact on the environment
• No postage fee - ebooks are delivered electronically through RevisionMate
• Fast delivery- we aim for same day delivery for orders before midday Monday to Friday (customers receive an email to confirm their ebook is ready to download).

Depending on the device used, ebook features can include:
• Annotation tools - these include the ability to add notes to pages and highlight key points
• Easy navigation - interactive contents page and search function help you pinpoint content
• Quick web link access - related articles and resources can be accessed with a single click
• In-built dictionary - definitions for unfamiliar words
• Read-aloud - available on supporting devices, allowing increased accessibility.

Find out more
• Free sample chapters
• ebooks FAQs

Non-EU candidates should note: if buying this option from outside the EU, you will be charged a fee without VAT. The price you will see throughout the web checkout process will be inclusive of VAT, however if you are outside the EU, your card will be charged the 'ex VAT' price and this will be reflected in the receipt you receive when payment is complete. 

Members
£12.00
Non-members
£13.00
ER1 Examination Guide for exams 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018

ER1 Examination Guide for exams 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018



ER1 Examination Guide for exams 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018

ER1 Examination Guide for exams 01 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2018



Exam entry

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£110.00
Unit ER1 exam

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Introduction

CII qualifications involve the completion of one or more units, each covering an individually assessed topic. Assessment methods vary and depend on a unit's level and subject matter.


Study and assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam - Study is based on a specified enrolment period, from 01 January – 31 December. MCQ exams are available weekly at UK and select non-UK online exam centres, or twice-yearly in April and October at non-UK paper-based exam centres.
  • Written exams - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Written exams are held twice-yearly in April and October, with the exception of unit R06 which is tested four times-yearly, at UK and non-UK exam centres.
  • Coursework assessment - Study is based on a 12 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. Three written assignments, each typically between 2,000 - 3,000 words, need to be passed.
    Download Coursework assessment guidelines and instructions »
  • Mixed assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A combination of a single coursework assignment must be passed within the first six months and a MCQ exam passed within 18 months.
    Download Mixed Assessment guidelines and instructions »
  • Dissertation assessment - Study is based on a 18 month enrolment period from the date of purchase. A dissertation, typically between 10,000 - 11,000 words, on an agreed subject must be submitted.
    Download Dissertation guidelines and instructions »

It is essential that candidates familiarise themselves with the guidelines and instructions. Candidates should also familiarise themselves with the coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies before the assessment, and notes to results post-assessment.

Certificate in Equity Release units

Exam guide update

The ER1 Examination Guide for exams from 1 September 2016 to 31 August 2017 was first published in June 2016. Any questions which have been amended since the examination guide was first published will appear below.

Question 51 and 52 - amended 28.09.17

Qualification update

Testing Position

  • Examinations are based on the published syllabus. Syllabuses are available free of charge on the CII website www.cii.co.uk or on request.
  • Candidates will be examined on the basis of law and practice in England unless otherwise stated.
  • The ER1 examination consists of 50 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and 5 case studies, each comprising 5 MCQs. 2 hours are allowed for this examination.
  • The general rule is that the new tax year and changes arising from the Finance Act will be examined from 1 September each year. Other changes, not related to the Finance Act, will not be examined earlier than 3 months after they come into effect.
  • Candidates must keep up to date with legislative and industry changes that occur.
  • Where a change in legislation or industry practice occurs during the tax year an announcement will be made on the CII update website.

Tax year

  • The tax year 2017/2018 will be examined from 1 September 2017 until 31 August 2018.

2015 Emergency Budget

  • The emergency budget announced a number of changes proposed for the tax year 2017/18. Students should have an awareness of these announced changes in so far as they inform current thinking on financial planning, but students will not be expected to apply these rules in detail since they have yet to be effected and may be subject to change in the interim.  

EU referendum

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (EU).

The UK Government invoked 'Article 50' of the Lisbon Treaty on 29 March 2017. In doing so, the two-year negotiation period which will result in Britain leaving the EU began. This means that, at the time of publication, the UK's membership of the EU will cease on 29 March 2019.

Until this final 'withdrawal agreement' is entered into, the UK will continue to be a full member of the EU, compliant with all current rules and regulations, and firms must continue to abide by their obligations under UK law, including those derived from the EU, and continue with the implementation of all legislation that is still to come into effect.

The longer term impact of the decision to leave the EU on the UK's overall regulatory framework will depend, in part, on the relationship agreed between the UK Government and the EU to replace the UK's current membership at the end of the 'Article 50' negotiation period.

Please note: The UK decision to leave the European Union will have no impact on the 2017- 2018 CII syllabuses or exams. Changes that may affect future exam syllabuses will be announced as they arise. 

  

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 

The General Data Protection Regulation comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and examinations will be reflective of the regulation from 25 May 2018.

 

MiFID II 

MiFID II comes into effect on 3 January 2018 and examinations will be reflective of the directive from 3 April 2018.

 

Stamp Duty Land Tax 

On the 22 November 2017, it was announced that first-time buyers would be relieved of Stamp Duty Land Tax for purchases up to a specified amount.  Examinations will be reflected of this change from 22 February 2018. 

Please note that the tax tables and lender’s criteria provided in the examination will state the thresholds and rates for purchasers who are NOT first-time buyers.