DiPFA – The Diploma for Financial Advisers is an FCA-approved QCF Level 4 qualification; it is one of the benchmark qualifications to become a Financial Adviser. DiPFA also meets the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) requirements that 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 and registration fee is £1,200.00 (without tutor support) and is payable directly to them.
DiPFA® is split into 3 modules:
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