Diploma, regulated diploma and advanced diploma exam requirements

Units Credits Study hours Exam Format Length of exam Nominal pass mark Exam sessions
Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning
R01 and R02 20 60 100 multiple choice questions 2 hours 65% Year round
R03 to R05 10 50 50 multiple choice questions 1 hour 65%
R03 R04

70%
R05
Year round
R06 30 100 2 written case studies on financial planning practice. Candidates receive the 2 written case studies two weeks before the exam. 3 hours 55% January, April, July, October
Diploma in Financial Planning
J02,J03 J05 J07 20 100 15 compulsory written short answer questions 2 hours 55% April & October
J09 30 100 Non-exam based. 3 written coursework assignments n/a 65% Year round
J10 20 60 90 questions: 70 standard multiple choice questions and 4 case studies with each case study comprising 5 multiple response questions. 2 hours 65% Year round
J11 20 100 Compulsory written short answer questions and 2 essay-style questions 2 hours 55% April & October
J12 20 70 75 questions: 60 multiple choice questions and 3 case studies each comprising 5 multiple response questions 2 hours 65% Year round
J07 15 60 55 multiple choice questions and 4 case studies each comprising 5 multiple choice questions 2 hours 70% Year round
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning
AF1 AF2 AF4 AF6 30 150 Case study approach. 160 marks spread over three compulsory questions. Question 1 is 80 marks, Question 2 is 35 to 45 marks, Question 3 is 35 to 45 marks 3 hours 55% April & October
AF5 30 150 A 'fact find' is issued two weeks before the examination. The examination tests key aspects of the financial planning process as applied to the client scenario. 3 hours 55% April & October
AF7 20 100 3 to 4 written short answer questions and 2 case study based questions 2 hours 60% April & October
AF8 30 150 Three written coursework assignments, each typically 2,000 to 3,000 words n/a 50% for each assignment  Taken over a period of up to 12 months

Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning Credits Wizard Learning online training modules
R01 Financial services, regulation and ethics 20 Online course
Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
R02 Investment principles and risk 20 Online course
Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
R03 Personal taxation 10 Online course
Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
R04 Pensions and retirement planning 10 Online course
Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
R05 Financial protection 10 Online course
Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
R06 Financial planning practice 30 Expected solution package
Diploma in Financial Planning
J02 Trusts 20 Study package
J03 The tax and legal aspects of business 20 Study package
J05 Pension income options 20 Study package
J07 Supervision in a regulated environment 20 Study package
J09 Paraplanning 30 Not covered at present
J10 Discretionary investment management 20 Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
J11 Wrap and platform services 20 Online course
J12 Securities advice and dealing 20 Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
R07 Advanced mortgage advice 15 Gap Analysis and Assessment Tool
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning
AF1 Personal tax and trust planning 30 Study package
AF2 Business financial planning 30 Study package
AF4 Investment planning 30 Study package
AF5 Financial planning process 30 Expected solution package
AF6 Senior management and supervision 30 Not covered at present
AF7 Pensions transters 20 Practice papers
AF8 Retirement income planning 30 Not covered at present
Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning you need to:
Obtain 100 credits by passing R01 to R06
The Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning is an FCA regulated qualification needed by Financial Advisers who are must also maintain that knowledge through annual CPD.
Diploma in Financial Planning you need to:
Obtain 140 credits
At least 80 credits must be at Diploma level  from J02, J03, J05, J07, J09-J12, R01-R04 and R06.
Advanced Diploma level credits from withdrawn AFPC units can count.
One Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning unit or a maximum of 30 non-specific Advanced Diploma credits can count.
The remaining 60 credits must come from any of the examinations offered within the CII financial services qualifications framework.
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning you need to:
Obtain 290 credits
A minimum of 120 of these must come from Advanced Diploma units and where you already hold Advanced level credits from the withdrawn AFPC qualification scheme these will count towards this requirement.
These must include the compulsory unit (AF5) Financial planning process. Holders of ISO 22222 or Certified Financial Planner can apply to the CII for an exemption from the AF5 exam.
A further 40 must be at Diploma level or above.
The remaining credits can come from any of the CII financial services units.

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