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DIPFA COURSES

The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA)

DiPFA Courses – The Diploma for Financial Advisers

Clarity FT offer short – fast track DiPFA courses that can fit around you. Become A financial Adviser with one of our FCA recognised qualification courses. DiPFA – The Diploma for Financial Advisers is an FCA regulatory qualification that will allow qualified advisers to give advice in financial planning from personal protection through to estate planning. Clarity FT is an LIBF accredited support provider that offers short courses (fast track) that work around you, which means that you can study while you continue to work. If you need to achieve an FCA recognised qualification to get that new career in Financial Advising select one of our courses. We offer Class based, Real Time (online) Webinars and Blended/distance learning (self-paced). We come highly recommended by all ours students and excel in what we do best, by simplifying complex information to help you achieve exam success.  We are so confident that you will pass that we offer a pass guarantee.

Clarity FT is an accredited LIBF Diploma for Financial Advisers (DiPFA) training provider.

DiPFA Courses – How to become a Financial Adviser

To become a financial adviser candidates must pass a professional qualification such as DiPFA®. DiPFA (The Diploma for Financial Advisers) is the benchmark professional qualification for any candidate who wants to provide financial advice in the UK. Financial advice is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which requires all advisers to attain the relevant qualification before they can do so. DiPFA® is a London Institute of Banking and Finance Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) Level 4 qualification and is listed as an appropriate qualification recognised by the FCA. To become a financial adviser it requires certain skills including: Understanding regulation, communication, technical and research skills and the ability to apply that knowledge. Beware of rogue DiPFA training providers. Only use accredited learning support providers (ALSP’s) to be sure that you receive the best training. Clarity FT is an ALSP which means our materials, training and tutors are vetted once a year by the LIBF.

Skills and role of a Financial adviser

A financial adviser must use their skills and expertise to establish client affordability, suitability and risk profile based on the information provided by the client. An adviser will offer holistic advice providing solutions to help clients achieve their objectives based on their needs and circumstances that may change as their clients move through the different life stages. A Financial adviser will recommend the most appropriate advice and products from protection, through to investments and retirement solutions as well as estate planning. Advisers can also choose to concentrate on wealth management and estate planning, enabling them to manage their clients’ portfolios on an ongoing basis. Advisers can work as either an employed adviser and get paid a salary or as self-employed where they can charge a fee paid by the customer.

Advisers role:

  • Meeting with clients to discuss their current circumstances to establish affordability, suitability and their attitude to risk.
  • Select the most appropriate solutions and products from the vast range available to fulfil the client’s needs and help them to achieve their objectives.
  • Explain complex financial information simplistically to clients.
  • Explain the features, benefits and risks of the products recommended.

Adviser skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Numerate and articulate.
  • Have a lateral mind to combine solutions.
  • Honest, trustworthy and ethical.
  • Sociable and friendly.
  • Hardworking and diligent in order to keep their knowledge up to date.
  • Organised – Advisers must be organised in order to maintain adequate records in order to remain FCA compliant.
The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) is a professional qualification for any candidate who wants to work as a Financial adviser. UK financial services are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). DipFA® is a London Institute of Banking and Finance RQF Level 4 qualification and is recognised by the Financial Skills Partnership.

DIPFA Course Information

DiPFA – The Diploma for Financial Advisers is an FCA-approved QCF Level 4 qualification; it is one of the benchmark qualifications that meet the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) requirements. RDR came into effect on 31st December 2012 and applies to all advisers in the retail investment market, regardless of the type of firm they work for. RDR was designed to raise Professional standards and to increase consumer confidence in the retail investment market. Whether independent or restricted, advisers are required to demonstrate a higher level of knowledge and skills. The qualification structure will ensure that advisers achieve a greater level of professionalism, with higher level qualifications, enhanced standards of Continued Professional Development (CPD) and adhering to ethical standards. On completion of the LIBF Diploma, qualified professionals can go on to work in financial services as a financial adviser, giving advice on investments through to retirement planning. This qualification only takes 9 months to complete, offering a direct route into the finance industry. DipFA® is a professional qualification (level 4), but without the hefty course fee attached. The DiPFA® qualification comprises of 3 modules. The first module covers UK regulation assessed by one 2 hour multiple choice exam undertaken at a Pearson Vue test centre, these are located all over the UK.  The LIBF have now rolled out the ability to sit the professional exams via remote proctoring,  this enables students to sit the exams from the comfort and safety of their own homes.  The Advanced financial advice is covered by a 4000 word dissertation and a 3 hour final exam. To achieve your DiPFA® qualification candidates will need to register with the London Institute of Banking and Finance for the DiPFA®. The registration includes all exam fees and the awarding of the qualification on successful completion of all 3 modules. The current LIBF exam fee is £990.00 and is payable directly to them. DiPFA® is split into 3 modules:
  • Module 1: FSRE® (Skill: Understanding Regulation) (Exam: One 2 hour exam with 90 stand alone questions and 2 case studies with 5 questions each. 70% pass mark required)
    • FSRE® (Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics)
  • Overview: FSRE® is the regulatory foundation module required for any professional qualification. The module helps candidates understand how financial markets and products work. It also covers how firms and individuals are authorised and regulated in the UK.
  • For the AFA sections (module 2 and 3) of the DiPFA® there are quarterly registrations.
    • December Registration – Final exam in July
    • March Registration – Final exam in October
    • June Registration – Final exam in January
    • September Registration – Final exam April/May
  • AFA Module 2: Coursework (Skills: Communication, technical and research skills) (4000 word dissertation, plus 4 short questions). Assessed: 4 months to complete – Submitted electronically. 50% pass mark required.
  • Overview: DiPFA® module 2 covers all the relevant technical areas required to deliver financial advice. Students are expected to submit a 4000 word dissertation after 4 months, where they must research and understand technically the topic area given. Communication is tested by the student’s ability to communicate the piece to the selected target group.
  • AFA Module 3: Fact find exam (Exam: One 3 hour exam. 50% pass mark required)
  • Overview: The final module looks at applying the knowledge gained in the previous units and testing the ability to formulate the knowledge via a suitability report (apply the knowledge). This is based on a case study provided as a fact find given 6 weeks before. Students must formulate their recommendations via a report within the time frame.

Clarity FT is an accredited LIBF Diploma for Financial Advisers (DiPFA) training provider.

DiPFA Course – How Clarity FT run the course

At Clarity Financial Training Ltd we offer a complete 9 day course (split over 3 sessions). No other training provider gives you the technical ability to fully understand the depth of knowledge required to pass your DipFA® qualification with confidence. At Clarity FT we cover all the areas essential for delivering holistic advice. Whether you have existing experience or are new to the industry our workshops are aimed at covering each syllabus to help understand and gain the relevant exam technique to pass the qualification with ease. We have various study options available to assist you to tackle the exams and pass – Prices start at £225.00. The Diploma comes in 3 parts and all must be completed, read the following to see if it is for you. Click on the following:

Included in our courses are:

  • Presentation power point booklet (slide format in Hardcopy) and tutor led presentation
  • Daily test questions and/or appropriate handouts (Hardcopy)
  • Mock exams (if the exam is multiple choice based) (Hardcopy and online)
  • Tailored materials specific to the pre-released coursework and factfind (Hardcopy)
  • Full aftercare support offered by e-mail direct to your tutor
  • Light refreshments, including microwave for general use (Class based)
  • Free parking for all students (Class based)
  • Real time webinars (live sessions that are fully interactive) delivered via Cisco webex sent by a secure link
  • Pass guarantee (you are with us until you pass) 

Clarity FT is an accredited LIBF Diploma for Financial Advisers (DiPFA) training provider.

Fast track short courses that work around you

Classroom based – Fast Track Dipfa

Clarity FT offers DiPFA fast track courses delivered over 9 days (9.30am to 5pm). The following elements are split into the following number of days:
  • FSRE (5 days)
  • AFA Coursework (2 days)
  • AFA Fact find (5 days)
Our class based courses are delivered by industry professionals, with material, mocks and aftercare support offered, these are delivered at our Potters Bar training centre (find us here), with modern facilities and conveniently located for public transport or car travel. We have a pass guarantee that means students are with us until they pass. If they do not pass first time students can return free of charge until they have succeeded. Clarity FT can offer tutor led sessions in-house if required, however minimum numbers are required. Our Coursework and fact find courses are all tailor made and designed to reflect the exact elements students are covering.

Real Time Online webinar – Financial Advisor Course Online

Clarity FT offers web based real time training delivered by Cisco WebEx. The sessions run similar to the class based course in time frame, however students access the class remotely via a computer. These sessions offer the ability for students to receive a full tutor led session, without the need to travel.

Blended/distance learning

Clarity FT offers professionally created material, assessments and mocks that students work through at their own pace. The time frame is 3 months. As students work through the material we offer telephone and email support, with the blended session provided via a 2 hour webinar scheduled once a month.

One-to-one

Clarity FT offers one hour 1-2-1 sessions held at our Potters Bar training centre. This is aimed at students that require personal attention to certain elements within the syllabus. Multiple sessions would be required dependent on the range of material to be covered. If you are interested in becoming a financial adviser contact us. 

We wish you all the success in your future career.

Clarity FT is an accredited LIBF Diploma for Financial Advisers (DiPFA) training provider.

Course Dates

At Clarity FT we truly value our students and strive to give them the best quality service available. Our spaces are limited, maximum 13 students per session in our classroom and 20 students for online. Please do not miss out BOOK NOW to save your place or pay a £100 deposit. Contact us now. Classroom based training: Please note that Classroom based training will be held at Potters Bar (Find us).  Classroom based training may be moved to a real time webinar if social distancing is reintroduced, please be aware of this when booking.

Session 1 – FSRE: Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics

Online – Real Time Webinar Courses – Weekday courses

  • Mon 13th to Fri 17th Dec 2021 (5 days 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Wed 9th to Sun 13th March 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Mon 25th to Fri 29th April 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar
  • Mon 23rd to Fri 27th May 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar
  • Wed 13th to Sun 17th July 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar

Classroom Based Training Courses – Weekday courses (Potters Bar)

  • Mon 10th to Fri 14th Jan 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom - Session ended
  • Mon 25th to Fri 29th April 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom
  • Mon 23rd to Fri 27th May 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom

Weekend – Online – Real Time Webinar Courses – FSRE

  • Sat 5th, Sun 6th, Fri 11th to Sun 13th March 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm – Sat and Sun only (one Fri)) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Fri 15th to Sun 17th July 2022 (5 days – 9.30am to 5pm – Sat and Sun only (one Fri)) – Webinar

Session 2 – AFA Coursework specific

AFA Coursework: Online – Real Time Webinar Courses

  • Sat 13th to Sun 14th Nov 2021 (7th Feb 2022 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar– session ended
  • Wed 5th to Thurs 6th Jan 2022 (7th Feb 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Sat 26th to Sun 27th Feb 2022 (9th May 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Sat 26th to Sun 27th Mar 2022 (9th May 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Sat 7th to Sun 8th May 2022 (8th August 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar
  • Sat 25th to Sun 26th June 2022 (8th August 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar
  • Sat 3rd to Sun 4th Sept 2022 (7th November 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar

AFA Coursework: Classroom Based Training Courses (Potters Bar)

  • Thurs 11th to Fri 12th Nov 2021 (7th Feb 2022 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom – session ended
  • Thurs 24th to Fri 25th Feb 2022 (9th May 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom - Session ended
  • Thurs 5th to Fri 6th May 2022 (8th August 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom - Full (See webinar)
  • Thurs 1st to Fri 2nd Sept 2022 (7th November 2022 submission – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom

Session 3 – AFA Fact find – Tailored Course

Online – Real Time Webinar Courses: AFA Fact find (Must be booked 5 days in advance)

  • Wed 22nd to Thurs 23rd Dec 2021 (20th Jan 2022 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Fri 18th to Sat 19th March 2022 (14th April 2022 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar - Session ended
  • Sat 18th to Sun 19th June 2022 (14th July 2022 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar
  • Sat 17th to Sun 18th Sept 2022 (13th October 2022 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar
  • Sat 17th to Sun 18th Dec 2022 (12th January 2023 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Webinar

Classroom Based Training Courses: AFA Fact find (Must be booked 3 days in advance)

  • Mon 20th to Tues 21st Dec 2021 (20th Jan 2022 exam– 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom - Session ended
  • Wed 16th to Thurs 17th March 2022 (14th April 2022 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom - Session ended
  • Thurs 16th to Fri 17th June 2022 (14th July 2022 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom
  • Thurs 15th to Fri 16th Sept 2022 (13th October 2022 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom
  • Thurs 15th to Fri 16th Dec 2022 (12th January 2023 exam – 2 days – 9.30am to 5pm) – Classroom

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If you cannot make the dates scheduled 1-2-1 sessions are available on all course elements. Click here to contact us.

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