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Level 3 – Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER®)


The CeRER qualification is a great course to follow a CeMAP or equivalent. Once you hold a CeRER, which is recognised by the FCA, you are fully qualified to offer advice within the rapidly growing equity release market.

The CeRER is a level 3 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). It is highly respected, broadens your skills and enhances your CV.

Key points

  • The Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER) is an RQF level 3 qualification accredited by Ofqual and awarded by the London Institute of Banking & Finance.
  • This equity adviser course is split into two units and assessed within one module.
  • Knowledge is assessed in a 2-hour multiple choice exam. These can be sat at over 150 locations throughout the UK.
  • When you finish your CeRER course and pass your exams you are awarded your certificate and may add the designation ‘CeRER’ after your name. This shows future clients and potential employers that you are qualified to work as an equity release adviser in the UK.


To achieve CeRER you must have completed CeMAP or an equivalent Level 3 mortgage advice qualification.

The core Equity Release module is assessed through a single 2-hour objective exam, split into two units.

Unit Learning Outcomes Assessment
Unit 1 – Fundamentals of Equity Release (FOER)

The principles of equity release

Types of schemes available and the circumstances in which equity release may be appropriate

The advantages, disadvantages and potential risks to consumers

50 multiple choice questions
Unit 2 – Equity Release Solutions (EQRS) Selecting suitable equity release solutions to meet circumstances of different types of consumers 3 case studies each with 10 linked multiple-choice questions


Once you hold your certificate in equity release you may consider further qualifications to boost your skills. The CeMAP Diploma sets you apart from peers and enhances the service you offer clients.

The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) is another great option, enabling you to offer advice on retail investment. It also meets FCA standards and will be recognised by employers and clients.

Mortgage Adviser

Mortgage Adviser


Mortgage Adviser/Equity Release Adviser

Equity Release Adviser


Financial Adviser

Financial Adviser


Study Options

Fast Track (Classroom)

The CeRER Fast Track course is perfect if you like to learn in a classroom environment.

The whole course is taught by highly qualified, experienced trainers and class sizes are kept small. Alongside engaging, thorough course content, your trainer will teach exam technique so that you enter your exam feeling fully prepared and confident. This study option offers best chance of passing your exam the first time.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Ingrid C | 22 January 2020

    I felt Glenn explained each topic very well, simplyifing & giving great examples along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

  • Steven W | 21 January 2020

    I thoroughly enjoyed CEMAP 1, Glenn made the learning experience interesting and easy to understand with helpful ‘handouts’ to accompany the learning materials and breakdown the volume of information. Looking forward to completing CEMAP 2 & 3. Thanks Glenn, Steven.

  • Ryan h | 21 January 2020

    Glenn was brilliant. Made the course very interesting and kept us learning

  • leonie M | 21 January 2020

    Brendan was brilliant...really interactive and kept me (and the group) engaged throughout the week. Great pace to the course and brilliant CeMap books and mocks. Clear and easy to digest

  • Nicole C | 21 January 2020

    Fantastic course, Brendan was amazing at no point did anyone feel too overwhelmed or disengaged. I would highly recommend Brendan again. Simply academy’s packs were also great too, throw a longer lasting highlighter in there too and it will be perfect.

  • Ben R | 16 January 2020

    Great course really good teacher. I passed cemap 1 on the Monday after

  • Neil K | 16 January 2020

    Jim was an excellent trainer who delivered the course content in a professional manner, whilst also making all the delegates feel at ease and making sure they understood the subject matter in preparation for the exam.

  • Khawaja A | 16 January 2020

    I dont think one day is enough for the course as we didnt get the chance to go through any exam questions/mock exams.

  • Tony W | 16 January 2020

    Would have given the course a 5 star rating but additional training to the syllabus meant time scales were a bit tight to fit into one day. Only the skill of Alan enabled us to cover all the new syllabus.

  • Alessandro S | 15 January 2020

    Being an in-depth and intense course due to subject matter, Mr Peter Slater made it somehow an enjoyable experience while still maintaining our direction throughout the course, I personally cannot praise him enough, a big thank you for making it real. Also, simply academy London was very well organised and provided everything required throughout the course right to taking the ...

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What is the CeRER qualification?

The Certificate in Regulated Equity Release, or CeRER qualification, is a fantastic next step after CeMAP. If you are already a qualified mortgage adviser, the CeRER teaches you the skills and knowledge to offer advice on equity release products.

The course is studied in two modules and you must sit two multiple choice tests in order to complete your CeRER training.

How and where do I sit my CeRER examinations?

When you enrol on your CeRER training course we will offer full advice and instructions on how to book your CeRER exams. These will be sat at one of the convenient centres which can be found around the country.

What is included in my CeRER Course?

The CeRER course is taught in a classroom by one of our experienced, knowledgeable tutors. We always keep class sizes small and leave plenty of opportunities for questions.

When you sign up for CeRER training you will receive high quality learning materials to support your learning. This assists your studies but also makes a great point of reference once you have qualified. You will also receive great tuition and support from the team at Simply Academy.

Where are CeRER training centres located?

You have the option to study the CeRER course at either our Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester or London training centres. Each of these locations is easy to find, with great network links and provides a fantastic learning environment with air conditioning and natural light.

CeRER® Fast Track

The CeRER Fast Track course is taught inside the classroom. With small class sizes and highly qualified, experienced tutors, you receive the very best instruction.

Not only will your tutor teach the full course content in an easy-to-follow format, but full exam technique, too. This offers you the best chance of first-time exam success.

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The CeRER course is taught over 1 day. This means that the qualification is completed quickly but with enough time for thorough instruction, questions and feedback.



Our class sizes are kept small to ensure you are always offered plenty of one-to-one attention. The informal teaching atmosphere creates a relaxing environment, in which to learn and our tutors set aside time for you to ask questions.



We hand pick our tutors to ensure you are offered the very best training and chance of success. Each of our tutors is fully qualified and highly knowledgeable. Their teaching is always backed by years of practical experience in the real-life world of finance.



The study packs we provide are designed to make your learning as simple as possible. The high quality training materials, alongside expert tuition, take you through each part of the course and are ideal for reference at a later date if you ever feel the need to recap particular elements.



London – Birmingham – Manchester – Bristol

We have carefully chosen the sites for our training centres to be easily accessible by both road and public transport. In order to offer a pleasant, productive learning environment, our exclusive training rooms are modern with plenty of natural light and air conditioning.



We have designed this course to prepare you with all the training and support you need to pass first time. We’re so confident in the high quality of our course, content and teaching that we back your enrolment with our Pass Assurance Scheme. This means that if you don’t pass your exam the first time that you sit it, we will invite you to attend the same course again for free*.

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CeRER® E-learning

Study whenever you like, wherever you like with the CeRER online e-course.

If you prefer to study from home then the e-learning course is made for you. With 24/7 access to the full CeRER syllabus and training materials, this is the perfect option for flexible learning.

This comprehensive course covers everything you need to pass first time including training on exam technique.

Enjoy study which is easy to follow and offers great pass rates.

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Fit learning into your own timetable. You are able to pick up or slow down the pace according to your needs and other demands on your time.



You can access our online course at any time, from anywhere. You don’t need to travel to the classroom and can study whenever you have the time.



Our online course content is formatted to be compatible with iPad and other tablets. This means you can study on the go, at any time.


Interactive and participation-oriented

To back up your self-directed learning, we incorporate Q&A’s, case studies and exercises whenever possible.


Tutor support from a CeRER expert

You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will be on hand to offer their expert guidance and support throughout your learning.



We guarantee success! Option to switch to classroom-based training should you decide that self-study is not right for you and offset your original course fee.

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