LIBF Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®)

Become a Financial Adviser

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. UK financial advisers are 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 QCF Level 4 qualification and is listed as an appropriate qualification recognised by the FCA following the Retail Distribution Review to help raise professional standards in UK financial advice. To become a financial adviser it requires certain skills including: Understanding regulation, communication, technical and research skills and the ability to apply that knowledge. DiPFA® covers all these areas in 3 separate exams.

The DiPFA® qualification comprises of 3 modules, with the first module which 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 Advanced financial advice is covered by a 4000 word dissertation and a 3 hour final exam. To get 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. 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 work and the financial products. It also covered 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.
  • 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. 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 in practise (apply the knowledge) via a case study provided as a fact find given 6 weeks before. Students must formulate their recommendations via a report within the time frame.

At Clarity Financial Training Ltd we offer professionally delivered DiPFA® training courses that help students pass their exams with confidence. 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. Click here to see our study options and dates available.

LIBF Info

LIBF Course Info

The LIBF Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) is an FCA-approved QCF Level 4 qualification; it is one of the benchmark qualifications to 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. 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 structure will ensure that advisers achieve a greater level of professionalism, with higher level qualifications, enhanced standards of 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.

The DipFA is a professional qualification (level 4), but without the hefty course fee attached. Research has shown that the retail distribution review (RDR) will force one in seven IFAs to exit the industry when regulatory changes (including the new exam threshold) are introduced in 2012, according to JPMorgan Asset Management, this will leave a void in the industry waiting to be filled by you. Take a look at the course content and then our study options and your decision could not be made easier.

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:

Clarity Course

How Clarity FT run the course


At Clarity Financial Training Ltd we offer a complete 9 day program (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.

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Full DipFA® programme. Click below to see further details

We fully appreciate the level of knowledge required to pass your level 4 DiPFA® with confidence. We take you through each workshop with expert tuition that enables students to gain the essential technical knowledge and skills required to be a financial adviser. FSRE® is covered in a comprehensive 5 day course that leaves nothing uncovered. These sessions are offered by highly skilled tutors that have the practical experience and knowledge to deliver the material. The AFA coursework and Factfind sessions are tailor made, NOT generic sessions. They cover the specific details based on your registration. We have had a 100% first time pass rate for the coursework session and offer a pass guarantee (click here for details) if you do not succeed.  Please click below for the relevant course specifics:

Class based: 9 days split over 3 sessions (5 days FSRE, 2 days Coursework and 2 days Factfind).  Sessions run from 9.30am to 4pm.

Webinar: We run real time webinar sessions for the AFA coursework and Factfind. A link is sent and the session is delivered via Cisco webex. Sessions run from 9.30am to 4pm.

Blended-Distance learning: We offer blended distance learning for FSRE and the AFA coursework. The time frame is suited to the student (subject to the submission date for the coursework). This includes materials, email support and a monthly technical webinar.

Study Options

Ways to Study

At Clarity Financial Training Ltd we are committed to offering you choice and convenience, so we have various study options to gain your LIBF qualification available for you to choose from.  At Clarity FT we offer CeMAP® distance blended learning, as well as DipFA® In-House training and CeFAP® one-to-one. If you prefer the traditional classroom setting you can select this option. If you live some distance from London and cannot commit to the overnight stay try our other methods, either our on-line web tutor which is run real time, blended/distance learning or in-house (subject to minimum numbers) or if you prefer the personal touch have an exclusive one to one session. Click on the following and read for yourself which option best suits you.

We Offer the DiPFA qualification via all study options (please check the individual modules):

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Dates

Course Dates

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Session 1 – FSRE®: Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics

Weekday FSRE®: Classroom

  • Mon 13th to Fri 17th Aug 2018 (5 days: 9.30am to 4pm) Session ended.
  • Mon 24th to Fri 28th Sept 2018 (5 days: 9.30am to 4pm) Session ended.
  • Mon 22nd to Fri 26th Oct 2018 (5 days: 9.30am to 4pm) Session ended.
  • Mon 19th to Fri 23rd Nov 2018 (5 days: 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Mon 3rd to Fri 7th Dec 2018 (5 days: 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Mon 21st to Fri 25th Jan 2019 (5 days: 9.30am to 4pm)

Weekend FSRE® Classroom

  • Fri 30th Nov to Sun 9th Dec 2018 (1 Fri and Sat and Sun 5 days only: 9.30am to 4pm)

Session 2 – AFA Coursework specific: See what is involved. Click here

AFA Coursework Classroom

  • Thurs 26th to Fri 27th July 2018 (29th Oct 2018 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop) Session ended.
  • Sat 1st to Sun 2nd Sept 2018 (29th Oct 2018 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop) Session ended.
  • Thurs 18th to Fri 19th Oct 2018 (28th Jan 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop) Session ended.
  • Sat 24th to Sun 25th Nov 2018 (28th Jan 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop)
  • Thurs 31st Jan to Fri 1st Feb 2019 (29th April 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop)
  • Sat 2nd to Sun 3rd March 2019 (29th April 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop)
  • Thurs 2nd to Fri 3rd May 2019 (29th July 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop)
  • Sat 1st to Sun 2nd June 2019 (29th July 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop)

AFA Coursework Real time web based: See here for details. Must be booked 2 business days before course start.

  • Sat 28th to Sun 29th July 2018 (29th Oct 2018 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop) Session ended.
  • Sat 20th to Sun 21st Oct 2018 (28th Jan 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop) Session ended.
  • Sat 2nd to Sun 3rd Feb 2019 (29th April 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop)
  • Sat 4th to Sun 5th May 2019 (29th July 2019 submission) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm coursework specific workshop)

Session 3 – AFA Factfind

AFA Classroom Factfind

  • Thurs 6th to Fri 7th Sept 2018 (4th Oct 18 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm) Session ended.
  • Thurs 13th to Fri 14th Dec 2018 (10th Jan 19 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Thurs 14th to Fri 15th March 2019 (11th Apr 19 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm) Full (see webinar).
  • Thurs 6th to Fri 7th June 2019 (4th July 19 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm)

AFA Real time Web based Factfind (Must be booked 2 days in advance)

  • Sat 8th to Sun 9th Sept 2018 (4th Oct 18 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm) Session ended.
  • Sat 15th to Sun 16th Dec 2018 (10th Jan 19 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Sat 16th to Sun 17th March 2019 (11th Apr 19 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm)
  • Sat 8th to Sun 9th June 2019 (4th July 19 exam) (2 days 9.30am to 4pm)

One-to-one Sessions

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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