FPFS - Fellow, Personal Finance Society (PFS)
To achieve the Fellowship grade, individuals would be required to have 10 AFPC (Diploma) units or equivalent. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.
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.
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.
G10 - Taxation and Trusts (CII)
This examination assessed a knowledge and understanding of the UK tax system, the law and practice of trusts, but also an ability to advise individual clients on the tax treatment of their investments and the use of trusts to meet their current and foreseeable future needs.
G60 - Pensions (CII)
This examination enhanced general pension knowledge, particularly in pension transfers and opt-out business.
Dip PFS - Personal Finance Society Diploma (PFS)
To achieve DipPFS individuals must achieve 140 credits. At least 80 credits must be at Diploma or AFPC level.
ACII - Associateship Examination (CII)
Associate members are those who have gone on to secure more advanced qualifications by completing the Advanced Diploma in Insurance or its predecessor the Associateship. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.
FCII - Fellow Membership (CII)
Fellowship of the CII is universally regarded as the premier qualification for those working in the insurance industry. This shows a commitment to continuous professional development.
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.
H15 - Supervision and Sales (CII)
This examination assessed specialist supervisory knowledge and skills in the regulatory environment.
K10 - Retirement Options (CII)
This examination assessed knowledge and understanding of income generating options and applying the knowledge to retirement planning situations.
K20 - Pensions Investment Options (CII)
This examination assessed knowledge and understanding of the range of investments available for planning of pensions and to be able to apply the construction of a pension portfolio management for a client.
H25 - Holistic Financial Planning (CII)
This examination assessed knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate a client’s circumstances and financial needs and produce a holistic financial solution based on an in-depth knowledge of financial services products.
G30 - Business Financial Planning (CII)
This examination demonstrated that the individual has a knowledge and understanding of all financial planning aspects of running a business and an ability to advise clients appropriately.
Fellowship of the CII is universally regarded as the premier qualification for those working in the insurance industry. As part of the Retail Distribution Review which comes into effect in 2013 they will have also been required to demonstrate their knowledge is up to date, this process is known as Gap Fill. On satisfaction of the gap fill requirements they will have obtained a Statement of Professional Standing from an FSA Accredited Body.