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Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management

An essential qualification for the discretionary investment management sector

The RQF level 4 Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management develops the wealth strategy and portfolio management skills required for effective discretionary investment management. The qualification satisfies the FCA appropriate qualification requirements for this class of business.

  • Those seeking to become portfolio managers who need to comply with FCA appropriate qualification requirements
  • Anyone wishing to develop their knowledge of investments, including retail investment advisers and those in investment-related support roles

Before studying, check to see whether any of your previous academic qualifications or credits from other professional bodies and institutes can be carried towards completion of the Certificate.

Find out more about recognition of prior learning

Specific study time guidelines are provided for each unit on its webpage and in the CII qualifications brochure. The notional Ofqual ‘Total Qualification Time’ for this qualification is 140 hours. This represents the time a student might typically take to complete the qualification.

Both units are assessed by multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam. For online MCQ exams, results notification is immediate on completion. For paper-based MCQ exams, results are released five weeks’ following the exam sitting.

Find out more about assessments, including policies and exam centres

Qualification units are delivered through purchasing an Enrolment, equipping you with the essential materials to support core learning. For a single fee, an Enrolment typically includes: study text, assessment and access to RevisionMate, our online study tool. 

We also offer additional revision aids through purchasing Enrolment plus for most key units. These range from Key fact booklets and Question packs, to Learn online tutorials.

Completion requirements

Core units

The Certificate comprises two core units, providing a total of 40 credits on successful completion.

Financial services, regulation & ethics
Credits : 20
Level : 4
Discretionary investment management
Credits : 20
Level : 4