Course Code

  • 1901FPA


  • Days 1 & 2
    9 January, 2019 - 10 January, 2019
    9:30 am - 5:00 pm


  • City of London

Course Fees (excl. VAT)

  • Single Booking £495.00 (GBP)

CPD Credits

  • 12
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Course Overview

Since the merger with the IFP, the CISI have worked hard to develop their qualification pathways for Financial Planners. There are now two routes to achieve the Level 4 benchmark and a Diploma leading to Certified Financial Planner status.

Certificate in Paraplanning – Level 4

Aimed at those who are already working as a Paraplanner, but who wish to develop their skills in preparation for a move to a Financial Planner role. This qualification ensures you have the right balance of technical knowledge and skills to perform your role.
There are two exam papers:

  • Financial Planning and Advice
  • Taxation in the UK for Individuals and Trusts (or Investment, Risk and Taxation)

All are examined by computer based testing, with a total estimate of 260 hours recommended study.

Investment Advice Diploma (IAD) – Level 4 and RDR compliant

As part of the IAD qualification, the Financial Planning and Advice paper has been designed to be RDR compliant and meet the requirements for those advising on retail investment products and friendly society tax-exempt policies (FCA Activities 4 & 6). For those wishing to pursue a career in financial planning, or wealth managers wanting to broaden their knowledge, this route provides solid coverage of key principles and technical knowledge.
There are three exam papers:

  • UK Regulation and Professional Integrity
  • Investment, Risk and Taxation
  • Financial Planning and Advice

All are examined by computer based testing, with a total estimate of 460 hours recommended study.

Diploma in Financial Planning

Leading to Certified Financial Planner certification, this specialist qualification will test your application of the knowledge and skills you already hold to produce a financial plan.

You will be issued with a case study and given 12 weeks to submit your plan. Assessment takes 8 weeks; with feedback given on the plan should you not meet the criteria within the marking standards. You can re-submit your plan within a new 12 week period once you have addressed the development areas.

With an estimated 400-700 hours of recommended study time this route is for those with a strong background in financial planning who want to challenge themselves and stand out from the crowd.

Why do candidates choose to study with us?

As a CISI Premier Accredited Training Partner, our clients find the benefits of studying with us are:

icon_timeDirect access to tutors and an FSTP Client Relationship Manager


icon_clientsExperienced tutors, with a financial services background. (Our lead tutor has already taken and passed the Financial Planning & Advice paper so has a deep understanding of the syllabus and exam expectations)

icon_thumbs-upAccess to a variety of study options


icon_quietAdvice Matters – A monthly structured CPD with topical articles to broaden your knowledge – for a small additional fee applies

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Meet The Tutor

Ian Richardson

Senior Associate

Ian has become a leading figure in the provision of tuition and one to one coaching for the higher level RDR qualifications and we frequently receive messages of
personal thanks from his candidates. Since 2002 he has been engaged in a mix of compliance and training assignments for major clients of FSTP.

He is particularly skilled at analysing complex information and drawing upon his experience and knowledge of the industry to arrive at practical solutions. He also communicates information clearly and
ensures that key messages are communicated at the right level to the right audiences.

Through his work, Ian is very familiar with the FCA’s requirements firms and for senior management and leads our open courses on such topics as the Foundation in Regulation, Foundation in COBS and Financial Promotions. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, holds the Financial Planning Certificate and Chartered Investments and Securities Institute Level 6 PCIAM and Level 7 Chartered Wealth Manager qualifications.

Ian has a very interactive delivery style, bringing weighty subjects to life by drawing on over 30 years of practical experience.

Who is this course for?

This revision session is for those looking to take the Financial Planning and Advice paper.  It is ideal for those candidates who have already prepared using the CISI workbook and are looking to embed their knowledge.

Training that makes a difference

Experienced engaging trainers

With first hand industry knowledge and an intimate understanding of the regulatory environment, we always guide you with an expert (and friendly) hand.

Packed with relevant information

We know you’re busy, so we’re careful not to waste a minute of your time. Our training courses are fast paced, insightful and filled with valuable information.

Get personalised attention

Sessions are practical workshops not PowerPoint lectures. All courses are limited to no more than 14 attendees, so we’re able to explain concepts in the context of your business.

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