The Diploma in Financial Planning meets the FCA’s qualification requirements for those advising on retail investment products (subject to additional gap fill, see www.cii.co.uk/gapfill for more information).

The Diploma in Financial Planning develops core technical knowledge and understanding across a broad range of key advisory areas, with 36 units to choose from. These include the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning units listed to the left, as well as the following Diploma-level units:

  • (J02) Trusts;
  • (J03) The tax and legal aspects of business;
  • (J05) Pension income options;
  • (J07) Supervision in a regulated environment;
  • (J09) Paraplanning;
  • (J10) Discretionary investment management;
  • (J11) Wrap and platform services;
  • (J12) Securities advice and dealing; and
  • (R07) Advanced mortgage advice.


Entry requirements

None, but one of the following CII qualifications, or equivalent from another awarding body, must be held in order to complete:

  • Certificate in Financial Planning (being withdrawn Aug 2015); or
  • Certificate in Financial Services


Recommended study time

Units range from between 50 and 100 hours (each depends on experience and ability).

Completion requirements

To complete you need to obtain 140 CII credits, of which:

  • at least 80 credits must be at Diploma-level (units J02, J03, J05, J07, J09–J12, R01–R04, R06 and R07). The following can also count towards this requirement:
    – Credits from withdrawn CII AFPC units; and
    – One Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning unit (AF1–AF6) or a maximum of 30 non-specific Advanced Diploma credits.
  • the remaining 60 credits can come from any of the units offered within the CII financial services qualifications framework.


Learning support

Unit study materials for this qualification typically include:

  • Study text with updates
  • RevisionMate online study support
  • Revision courses.


Member designation




Next step qualification

Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning

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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.