This qualification meets the specific needs of paraplanners, or would be paraplanners, by offering a dedicated qualification route that develops core technical knowledge in a number of key advisory areas and specialist report writing skills that help with the provision of sound professional advice.

The Certificate comprises four compulsory units:

  • (R01) Financial services, regulation and ethics; or
  • (CF1) UK financial services, regulation and ethics;
  • (R02) Investment principles and risk;
  • (R03) Personal taxation; and
  • (J09) Paraplanning.


Entry requirements


Recommended study time

Units range from between 60 and 100 hours (each depends on experience and ability).

Completion requirements

To complete you need to obtain 80 CII credits by passing compulsory units: R01–R03 and J09.

For this qualification only, holders of the following withdrawn CII units will satisfy the R02 and R03 compulsory unit requirements:

  • (J06) Investment principles, markets and environment or (G70)
  • Investment portfolio management = R02; and
  • (J01) Personal tax = R03.


Learning support

Unit study materials for this qualification typically include:

  • Study text with updates
  • RevisionMate online study support
  • Blended learning programme
  • Key fact booklets
  • Question packs
  • Audio revision
  • Learn interactive tutorial
  • Revision courses.


Member designation

Cert PFS (Paraplanning)



Next step qualification

Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning

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.