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Key information


What does the qualification involve?

To complete the Diploma in Financial Planning you must obtain 140 CII credits.

80 of these credits must come from Diploma level units: J02, J03, J05, J07, J09-J12, R01-R04, R06-R08. The remaining credits can come from any CII personal finance units, excluding LF1, subject to a maximum of 30 Advanced Diploma level credits (units AF1 – AF8).

For the unit syllabuses, return to the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning landing page where you will find the syllabus link at the top right of the page.

Unit overview:

Unit

Assessment method

Study hours*

Credits awarded

Unit level

 

 

 

 

 

(J02) Trusts

·         2-hour exam

·         Written short answer questions

·         55% nominal pass mark**

100

20

4

(J03) The tax and legal aspects of business

·         2-hour exam

·         Written short answer questions

·         55% nominal pass mark**

100

20

4

(J05) Pension income options

·         1-hour exam

·         Written short answer questions

·         55% nominal pass mark**

100

20

4

(J07) Supervision in a regulated environment

·         1-hour exam

·         Written short answer questions

·         55% nominal pass mark**

100

20

4

(J09) Paraplanning

·         3 written coursework assignments, each typically 2,000 to 3,000 words

·         65% nominal pass mark

100

30

4

(J10) Discretionary investment management

·         2-hour exam

·         70 multiple choice questions and 4 case studies each comprising 5 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**

80

20

4

(J11) Wrap and platform services

·         2-hour exam

·         Written Short answer questions plus 2 essay-style questions

·         55% nominal pass mark**

100

20

4

(J12) Securities advice and dealing

·         2-hour exam

·         60 multiple choice questions and 3 case studies each comprising 5 multiple choice questions

70

20

4

(R01) Financial services, regulation and ethics

·         2-hour exam

·         100 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**

60

20

4

(R02) Investment principles and risk

·         2-hour exam

·         100 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**

60

20

4

(R03) Personal taxation

·         1-hour exam

·         50 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**

50

10

4

(R04) Pensions and retirement planning

·         1-hour exam

·         50 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**

50

10

4

(R05) Financial protection

·         1-hour exam

·         50 multiple choice questions

·         70% nominal pass mark**

50

10

3

(R06) Financial planning practice

·         3-hour exam comprising 2 written case studies on financial planning practice (candidates receive the case studies 2 weeks prior to exam sitting)

·         55% nominal pass mark**

100

30

4

(R07) Advanced mortgage advice

·         2-hour exam

·         55 multiple choice questions and 4 case studies each comprising 5 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**

70

15

4

(R08) Pensions update (withdrawing August 2018)

·         1-hour exam

·         40 multiple choice questions and 1 case study comprising 5 multiple choice questions

·         65% nominal pass mark**

50

10

4

Find out more about assessment methods, including exam policies and centres »


Units treated as equivalent

Due to the extent of syllabus overlap, certain combinations of current and withdrawn CII units will result in only one award of credits.

If a withdrawn equivalent is held you may not need to complete a current unit in order to satisfy a qualification's completion rules. Clarification should always be sought from CII Customer Service.

Find out more about credit awards for equivalent units »

 

*The recommended minimum study hours will vary depending on your experience and ability.

** The actual pass mark may vary from one session to another to ensure consistency in pass standards.