The DipFA is a leading qualification in the financial world. It is FCA approved and prepares you with the skills to offer advice on retail investment. You are not only tutored in relevant theory, but the practical use of new knowledge.
Designed specifically for those entering the industry you could complete the whole programme within just seven months of part time study. The course is easy to follow, practical and leaves you confident in your role as a financial adviser.
- The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) is an RQF level 4 qualification accredited by Ofqual and awarded by the London Institute of Banking & Finance.
- This financial adviser course is split between 2 units.
- Register for unit 1 throughout the year and choose from a selection of start dates for unit 2.
- Knowledge of unit 1 is assessed by a multiple-choice exam, unit 2 is assessed through a combination of coursework and written exam.
- Successful completion allows you to add the designation ‘DipFA’ after your name and apply for your Statement of Professional Standing (SPS).
The DipFA is a level 4 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework and consists of two units.
|Unit 1 – Financial Services Regulation Ethics (FSRE)||
The environment of the financial services industry.
Key components and interrelationships of the financial system.
Principles of the regulatory framework and the implications for the financial advice process.
The importance of the concept of risks relate to institutions and individuals’ legal concepts and interplay between regulation and legislation.
The FCA’s approach to ethical and unethical behaviours and the Code of Ethics.
|2-hour objective exam comprising 90 multiple-choice questions and 2 case studies with 5 linked multiple-choice questions.|
|Unit 2 – Advanced Financial Advice (AFA)||
Products services and legislation that inform the financial planning and advice process.
Principles theories and interrelationships of investment retirement planning and protection.
The importance of consumer-oriented communication and ethical behaviours.
Assessed through a combination of coursework and written exam:
Coursework comprises of a written assignment and short answer questions.
3-hour typed exam based on pre-released fact find available 6 weeks prior to exam.
At Simply Academy we offer a range of courses and routes for career progression.
Achieving success as a financial adviser means having more than just the right qualification. Our AdviserSkills programme is deigned to give learners all the day to day skills they need to work as advisers on top of ‘knowing their stuff’ from a technical point of view.
The Certificate in Mortgage Advice & Practice (CeMAP) is an industry leading qualification, perfect if you aim to give mortgage advice alongside retail investments.
Tip: Enrol onto AdviserSkills at the same time as DipFA to receive a preferential rate.
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Brad H | 28 October 2020
Francismara G | 20 October 2020
I am very satisfied and happy with the course overall and the trainer David Beever was brilliant and very helpful throughout the course.
Jessica s | 16 October 2020
I found the course helpful. The trainer was very inspiring. There was lots of homework! Lovely place to learn and great resources.
Christina W | 12 October 2020
Pete was brilliant, funny (in an unconventional way) and made the subject matter interesting and engaging. I haven't yet done my exam but I am not worried about it now as Pete gave me the knowledge and the confidence I needed. I'm really happy with the course and how it was taught.
Amrish S | 07 October 2020
Passed everything first try many thanks for Pete!!!
Benjamin Y | 07 October 2020
I have recommended this course to many people who are looking to get in the industry, I just hope they get Paul Valpy as their teacher, as he is the best teacher I have ever had. I can't speak highly enough of how great he is. Huge thanks to him for his explanations, humour and positivity throughout the course
Valerie W | 07 October 2020
Jim was fantastic at teaching this course, his ways of explaining things was right up my way of learning “Madonna tax” Thanks Jim!
Candice S | 06 October 2020
Peter's way of teaching was informative & enjoyable. He told lots of stories/jokes that made the week enjoyable aswell as teaching us all the information required for the exam. Thank you to Peter!!
Kamile K | 05 October 2020
Extremely happy with the course. Thank you, Jim, for making the material easy to understand and for giving really useful hints and tips! Attended the course for 5 days. Revised for another 2. Sat my exam today and passed without any issues! Thank you! Definitely recommend to everyone!
Abi B | 22 September 2020
Really happy with the course, as I passed my exam yesterday! The only thing that I would say is that it felt a bit rushed toward the end of the week to cram the info in for Unit 2 so I did need to go over this unit on the Saturday.
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Book FSRE + AFA at the same time to receive £100 off (Use promo code DIPFA100)
Book FSRE + AFA + AdviserSkills at the same time to receive £150 off (Use promo code DIPFA150)
Important Notice: Exam Registrations Fees*
|Full qualification registration (FSRE + AFA)||£890 (VAT exempt)|
|Unit 1 Financial Services Regulation and Ethics (FSRE) only||£330 (VAT exempt)|
|Unit 2 Advanced Financial Advice (AFA) only||£620 (VAT exempt)|
*Only course fees are paid to Simply Academy. You will be instructed on how to register for and book an examination upon enrolment.
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