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CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning

What is the purpose of the Advanced Diploma?

The CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning is a QCF Level 6 qualification leading to Chartered Financial Planner status. This qualification enables advisers to increase their knowledge and understanding of specialist areas of financial planning and differentiate themselves from their colleagues.

To gain Chartered Financial Planner status, advisers must also have 5 years experience as well as the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning qualification.

What do I need to do to achieve this Diploma?

To achieve the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning you must achieve 290 CII credits in total.  120 of these must be at Level 6 (AF exams), including AF5.  You will also require an additional 40 credits at Level 4 or above.  All other credits can be gained at any level (except LF1).

CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning

CriteriaDetails
Available units:AF1 Personal tax and trust planning
AF2 Business financial planning
AF4 Investment planning
AF5 Financial planning process (compulsory)
AF6 Senior management and supervision
AF7 Pension transfers
AF8 Retirement income planning
Credits required for qualification:290
Minimum 120 credits at Advanced Diploma level and 40 at Diploma level or above
Level:6

AF1 Personal tax and trust planning

CriteriaDetails
Credits30 - Adv Diploma
Exam Format3 hours
Number of QuestionsCase study with 3 questions carrying 160 marks
Nominal pass mark55%
2017 Pass rate49.10%

AF2 Business financial planning

CriteriaDetails
Credits30 - Adv Diploma
Exam Format3 hours
Number of QuestionsCase study with 3 questions carrying 160 marks
Nominal pass mark55%
2017 Pass rate48.28%

AF4 Investment planning

CriteriaDetails
Credits30 - Adv Diploma
Exam Format3 hours
Number of QuestionsCase study with 3 questions carrying 160 marks
Nominal pass mark55%
2017 Pass rate48.96%

AF5 Financial planning process

CriteriaDetails
Credits30 - Adv Diploma
Exam Format3 hours
Number of QuestionsClient scenario
Nominal pass mark55%
2017 Pass rate64.60%
Other infoCompulsory

AF6 Senior management and supervision

CriteriaDetails
Credits30 - Adv Diploma
Exam Format3 hours
Number of QuestionsCase study with 3 questions carrying 160 marks
Nominal pass mark55%
2017 Pass rate60%
Other infoResources are not yet available

AF7 Pension transfers

CriteriaDetails
Credits20 - Advanced Diploma
Exam Format2 hours
Number of Questions3-4 short answer questions, 2 case study based questions
Nominal pass mark60%
2017 Pass rate43.74%

AF8 Retirement Income Planning

CriteriaDetails
Credits30 - Advanced Diploma
Exam FormatCoursework - 3 assignments in 12 month enrolment period
Number of Assignments3
Nominal pass mark50%
2017 Pass rateN/A

You will find that the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning units focus on particular areas of financial advice and builds on Diploma level exams.

Taxation

If you are particularly interested in Taxation then AF1 Personal tax and trust builds on R03 Personal taxation and J02 Trusts.

Business

If business is your preferred area then AF2 Business financial planning builds on J03 The Tax and Legal Aspects of Business and R01 Financial services, regulation and ethics.

Pensions

AF8 Retirement Income Planning opened for enrolment in October 2017. Relevant units are R04 Pensions and retirement planning and J05 Pension income options.

AF7 Pension Transfers had its first exam sitting in October 2017.

Investments

This is covered by AF4 Investment planning and builds on J10 Discretionary investment management and R02 Investment principles and risk.

Supervision

AF6 Senior management and supervision builds on J07 Supervision in a regulated environment and R01 Financial services, regulation and ethics.