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.
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
IA - Investment Advice (CISI)
This Diploma covers Regulation, Ethics, Investment Principles, Risk and personal Taxation. Specialist units cover advising in Securities, Derivatives and Packaged Products.
SV1 - Saving and Investment (CII)
This examination assessed the knowledge and understanding of economic factors that affect risk from different investments, product features and regulatory framework of retail investments, taxation liabilities and portfolio planning.
J06 - Investment Principles, Markets and Environment (CII)
At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of: how the economic environment and individual company performance affects investment performance and investment decision making; how risk is measured and managed; the main principles governing how to construct an investment portfolio; the range of investment management services, how their performance is evaluated and their regulatory environment.
J05 - Pension Income Options (CII)
At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the: process of decumulating pension funds and the main issues for clients and advisers; main choices facing members of pensions schemes during decumulation; features, risks and tax treatment of the secured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of the unsecured pension option; features, risks and tax treatment of phased retirement; features, risks and tax treatment of the alternatively secured pension option.
G20 - Personal Investment Planning (CII)
This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of investments and an ability to advise individual clients on the construction of investment portfolios to meet both their current and foreseeable future needs.
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.
AFPC - Advanced Financial Planning Certificate (CII)
In order to have completed this qualification, individuals were required to obtain three units. These could have been selected from any combination of the available units at that time but must have included the compulsory G10 unit - Taxation and Trusts.
AF5 - Financial Planning Process (CII)
This examination assesses the candidate to develop an understanding of the financial planning process when giving advice to clients.
AF3 - Pension Planning (CII)
This examination assesses the candidate to develop in depth financial planning skills related to personal and corporate pensions.
CF7 - Certificate in Lifetime Mortgages Activities (CII)
This qualification assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry, lifetime mortgage products, repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.