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Key information

What does the qualification involve?

The Certificate comprises four core units from across the CII Personal Finance qualifications framework, providing a total of 70 credits on successful completion.

Candidates are required to take the following units:

  • (R01) Financial services regulation and ethics
  • (R02) Investment principles and risk
  • (R03) Personal taxation
  • (J12) Security advice and dealing

For unit syllabuses, return to the Certificate in Insurance landing page, and click on the ‘Syllabuses’ link to the right of the page.

Unit overview:


Assessment method

Study hours*

Credits awarded

Unit level






(R01) Financial services, regulation and ethics

·         2-hour exam

·         100 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**




(R02) Investment principles and risk

·         2-hour exam

·         100 multiple choice questions

·          65% nominal pass mark**




(R03) Personal taxation

·         1-hour exam

·         50 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**




(J12) Securities advice and dealing

·         2-hour exam

·         60 multiple choice questions, and

·         3 case studies each comprising 5 multiple choice questions




Find out more about assessment methods, including exam policies and centres »

Units treated as equivalent

Due to the extent of syllabus overlap, certain combinations of current and withdrawn CII units will result in only one award of credits.

If a withdrawn equivalent is held you may not need to complete a current unit in order to satisfy a qualification's completion rules. Clarification should always be sought from CII Customer Service.

Find out more about credit awards for equivalent units »


*The recommended minimum study hours will vary depending on your experience and ability.

** The actual pass mark may vary from one session to another to ensure consistency in pass standards.