Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning


The Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning meets the FCA’s qualification requirements in full for those advising on retail investment products. The Diploma develops core technical knowledge and financial planning capabilities, covering:

  • (R01) Financial services, regulation and ethics;
  • (R02) Investment principles and risk;
  • (R03) Personal taxation;
  • (R04) Pensions and retirement planning;
  • (R05) Financial protection; and
  • (R06) Financial planning practice.


Holders of the first unit, R01, may be authorised by their firm to advise under supervision while they work towards completion of the full Diploma.

Entry requirements


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 100 CII credits by passing the following six compulsory units: R01–R06.

Learning support

Unit study materials for this qualification typically include:

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