This single-unit qualification is designed to help experienced advisers develop and demonstrate their knowledge of investment products. It also covers what constitutes sound professional practice, thereby providing a framework for ethical behaviour.

Who is it for?

Experienced non-UK financial advisers and insurance agents advising on, or aspiring to advise on, investment planning. These individuals will usually hold one or more of the other Award qualifications.

What candidates will learn

At the end of this unit, candidates will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • main macro-economic factors that impact upon investment returns;
  • cash deposit investments, government securities and corporate bonds;
  • equity based investment products;
  • property investment;
  • collective investment products and alternative investments;
  • the risks faced by investors and the importance of asset allocation
  • in the investment process;
  • ethical considerations of a financial adviser.


Entry requirements

None, although you are required to already have a good understanding of financial advice principles and products.

Recommended study time

60 study hours

Completion requirements

To complete you need to obtain 10 CII credits by passing unit (AWF) Award in Investment Planning.

Package contents

  • Study text
  • Exam guide
  • First exam entry.


Exam format

  • 1 hour exam
  • 42 multiple choice questions and 2 case studies each comprising 4 multiple choice questions
  • 70% nominal pass mark
  • Results released after 5 weeks.


Member designation

CII (Award)

More details and to enrol online

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How to get in touch

You can discuss this qualification with our Corporate Customer Service team either by calling 020 8530 0862 or emailing CIIbanking@cii.co.uk. They can also put you in touch with one of our Corporate Development Managers.