CF3 - Financial Protection (CII)
This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of financial protection plans.
CF4 - Retirement Planning (CII)
This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the various pension products, the pension tax regime and retirement needs.
J01 - Personal Tax (CII)
At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: the basic structure of the tax system and self-assessment; the main taxes on income and capital that may be charged on individuals, the self-assessment system and how tax liabilities are computed; impact of residence and domicile on an individuals liability to UK tax.
J02 - Trusts (CII)
At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: legal principles associated with the creation and management of a trust; main types of trusts that are common in the UK; taxation considerations relevant to trusts.
R04 - Pensions and Retirement Planning (CII)
This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.
AF5 - Financial Planning Process (CII)
This examination assesses the candidate to develop an understanding of the financial planning process when giving advice to clients.
Chartered Financial Planner (CII)
Having achieved the APFS designation, advisers can go onto to achieve this recognisable benchmark of quality and ethical practice for financial services professionals, elevating financial planning and advice in the public eye to the same standing as other Chartered professions. The holder must demonstrate a combination of experience, financial qualifications, ongoing educational activity (continuous professional development) and ethical behaviour.
PIC - Professional Investment Certificate (IFS)
This qualification assesses the knowledge and understanding to advise clients on specialised financial products.
APFS - Associate, Personal Finance Society (PFS)
To achieve the Associateship grade, individuals would be required to have 6 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.
CF9 - Pensions Simplification (CII)
This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of the Government’s simplified pension taxation regime which came into full effect on 6 April 2006 (A-Day). Eight tax regimes for pensions were reduced to one, radically affecting planning and transactions.
IMC - Investment Management Certificate (CFA)
This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of portfolio investment management. If passed before September 2010 QCF 3 after then QCF 4