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Staying at the forefront of pension reforms

Withdrawing August 2018

The RQF Level 4 Award in Pensions Update is a single unit qualification that develops and tests knowledge of pension reforms and how they impact at-retirement advice.

Read the Award in Pensions update specification »

Since the Government rewrote the rule book on pensions practice, some 8,000 financial advisers, paraplanners and those in related roles have enrolled for the Award, and over 5,000 have already passed the exam.


Who’s it for?

  • Retail investment advisers wanting to develop and test their knowledge of pension reforms
  • Paraplanners, technical consultants and staff in related support roles with existing knowledge and experience in pensions


Recognition of prior learning

Before studying, check to see whether any of your previous academic qualifications or credits from other professional bodies and institutes can be carried towards completion of the Certificate.

Find out more about recognition of prior learning >


Completion requirements

The Award involves completion of one unit from the Personal Finance qualifications framework, providing 10 credits on successful completion.

See our key information link to the right of this page for details

Assessment method

Award level units are assessed by multiple choice questions exam (MCQ). For online exams, result notification is immediate on completion. For paper-based MCQ exams, results are released five weeks following the exam sitting.

Find out more about assessments, including policies and exam centres >


Learning support

Each qualification unit comes with the essential tools to support core learning. For a single fee, study packages typically include: study text, assessment entry and access to RevisionMate, our online study tool.

We also offer additional study materials to support individual learning. These range from key fact booklets and next-edition study texts, to question packs and Learn interactive tutorials.

For full unit availability, click the unit links to the right of this page

Introduction

CII qualifications involve the completion of one or more units, each covering an individually assessed topic. Assessment methods vary and depend on a unit's level and subject matter.


Assessment methods include:

  • Multiple-choice exams - the assessment method for Award, Certificate, and financial services 'R0' Diploma units assessed in the UK. Exams are delivered on-screen at a network of over 40 public centres across the UK. Sittings are available year-round, often on a weekly basis.
  • Written exams - the assessment method for some Diploma and Advanced Diploma units and all units examined outside the UK. Sittings are typically available twice-yearly in April and October at over 50 public centres throughout the UK and over 100 public centres outside the UK.
  • Coursework assessment - available for a select number of Advanced Diploma in Insurance units and the financial services unit (J09) Paraplanning, coursework assessment involves the completion of three written assignments during a 12 month period.
  • Mixed assessment - Initially introduced for unit (P92) Insurance business and finance, this has been extended to units (P05) Insurance law, (P80) Underwriting practice, (P81) Insurance broking practice and (P85) Claims practice from April 2015 and and will be extended to all Diploma in Insurance units by April 2018 (unit codes begin with the letter M). This involves the successful completion of both a coursework assignment and a multiple-choice exam. This has an 18 month enrolment period.
  • Dissertation assessment - available for the Advanced Diploma unit 991 London market insurance specialisation. This involves the submission of a dissertation proposal and an 11,000 word dissertation. This has an 18 month enrolment period. This unit should only be taken by those who have access to the necessary information and people in the London Market.

Find out more

It is essential that candidates familiarise themselves with the guidelines and instructions which are shown on the CII website under the relevant units. In addition candidates should familiarise themselves with the coursework and dissertation policies as well as exam policies (before the assessment) and notes to results (after the assessment).

This qualification in detail

Key information

What does the qualification involve?

The Award involves successful completion of one unit, R08 Pensions Update, providing 10 credits on successful completion.

For the unit syllabus, return to the Award in Pensions update 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

 

 

 

 

 

(R08) Pensions update

· 1-hour exam

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

· 65% nominal pass mark**

 

50

10

4

 

Found out more about assessments 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.

Assessment information

It is important that candidates entering for a CII assessment familiarise themselves with our service, in particular the rules and procedures that are in place.

Syllabuses

R08 Pensions update

At the end of this unit, candidates should understand the:

  • changes introduced by the Taxation of Pensions Act 2014;
  • changes to the State pension provision from 06 April 2016;
  • key factors to take into account when advising clients on their retirement income.