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Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning

The qualification of choice for the planning profession

The RQF level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning meets the FCA’s qualification requirements for retail investment advisers, developing core technical knowledge and financial planning capabilities across six core areas.

  • Those seeking to give retail investment advice, in particular those who do not hold additional CII credits counting towards completion of the Diploma in Financial Planning 
  • Paraplanners, technical consultants, and those in financial planning 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 Diploma.

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 370 hours. This represents the time a student might typically take to complete the qualification.

Diploma units are assessed by multiple-choice question exam (MCQ) (R01, R02, R03, R04, and R05), and a written case study based exam (R06).

For online MCQ exams, result notification is immediate on completion. For paper-based MCQ exams, results are released five weeks’ following the exam sitting. Written exam results are normally released 6-8 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.

Due to the extent of syllabus overlap, certain combinations of current and withdrawn units will result in only one award of credits.

If a withdrawn equivalent is held you may not need to complete a current unit in order to satisfy a qualification's completion rules.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

Completion requirements

Core units

The Diploma comprises six core units, providing 100 credits on successful completion.

Unit
Credits
Level
 
R01
Financial services, regulation & ethics
Credits : 20
Level : 4
R02
Investment principles and risk
Credits : 20
Level : 4
R03
Personal taxation
Credits : 10
Level : 4
R04
Pensions and retirement planning
Credits : 10
Level : 4
R05
Financial protection
Credits : 10
Level : 3
R06
Financial planning practice
Credits : 30
Level : 4
Regulated Retail Investment Adviser Re-evaluation
Unit
Credits
Level
 
RAR
Regulated Retail Investment Adviser Re-evaluation
Credits : N/A
Level : N/A