Choose the Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) programme
This programme could be suitable if you:
✔ Want to be able to provide financial advice on retail investment products
✔ Want to further your career if you are already able to provide advice on mortgages and protection
✔ Are looking to gain a prestigious qualification, recognised by industry regulators and experts
✔ Want to gain technical knowledge plus personal and business skills.
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Our DipFA® programme provides a rounded package of training for anyone looking to further their career to be able to offer financial advice on retail investment products. It is open to people who already hold the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice qualification and wish to expand their skills to offer advice on other products, or to new starters who wish to advise on retail investment products only.
On successful completion of the programme you will have gained an industry-recognised qualification, plus the behaviours and skills needed to excel in your career.
Through the DipFA® training programme, you will achieve a professional qualification from The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF):
- The LIBF Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®)
DipFA® is a prestigious, benchmark qualification that meets the standards required for those giving professional advice on retail investment products. It is recognised by the industry’s regulator: the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).Unit 1: Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics (FSRE)
Unit 2: Advanced Financial Advice (AFA)
As well as achieving this qualification, you’ll also gain vital skills to help you in your career. Business skills and ethics studies will help you to ensure you’re always working for your clients’ best interests and adviser skills will help you to build a rapport with your clients.
Programme details and costs
The DipFA® programme is a 47 week part-time programme*.
You will be expected to undertake around 10.5 hours of study per week, including 2.5 hours of tutor-led sessions which may be online webinars or face-to-face tutorials.
The location of the face-to-face tutorials depends on where the majority of students are based, but typically take place in London or Manchester. Both the face-to-face and webinar tutorials are during normal working hours, so you may need to make arrangements with your employer to attend these sessions (if we have secured you a work placement whilst you study, we will discuss this with your employer at the outset). All the webinars are recorded so they can be accessed in your own time.
Whilst attendance is not mandatory for every live webinar and face-to-face tutorial, we encourage all students to attend as many of these as possible. Some face-to-face tutorials are compulsory.
After completing the programme, you will be a trainee financial adviser and will be able to provide financial advice to clients on retail investment products.
*In some circumstances, it may be necessary to complete the course over a 58 week period which will include a 3 month study break. Please contact us for more details.
The maximum total cost for the DipFA® programme is £7,500.
This cost can differ depending on individual circumstances, so please get in touch with us to confirm the cost for you.
We may be able to help you to secure a work placement which may help to cover some or all of these costs.