Let the journey begin… I have agreed to report on my journey from The Personal Finance Society (PFS) Diploma level through to advanced diploma and chartered status…..to be honest, I can’t remember why.
Oh yes, thats why, there is a lot of focus within the industry on supporting advisers to QCF level four and, while I agree with that, there is also a large proportion of our profession who are pursuing further qualifications through advanced diploma with the aim of becoming chartered financial planners. I would like to support this important group of advisers by documenting my journey to chartered status.
There is a lot of noise at the moment both within the PFS, our profession and the wider industry about the importance of further qualifications and I agree that qualifications help professionalism. But qualifications alone do not make us trusted advisers to our clients, there are many other attributes that earn us that standing.
To be honest, the main reason I am pursuing chartered financial planner status is to benefit me, my business and my clients, rather than because of any external pressure.
There are personal and business opportunities from taking this route: I feel that I can market and promote my brand and my business more successfully to other professions and to high quality clients as a chartered financial planner and chartered business owner.
Qualifications alone do not make up trusted advisers to our clients. There are many other attributes that earn us that standing
Back to my journey… there is a great deal of support from the PFS and the CII although I would like to see more developed and will be encouraging the PFS to do this. The first thing I did which was very helpful was to order my CII Learning statement – you can do this by visiting www.thepfs.og and following the link on the left hand side of the home page. I chose the option of a learning statement with the advanced diploma as my selected study option. This confirmed all the subjects I currently hold and the appropriate credits and more importantly told me how many credits I need to obtain the advanced diploma.
A mere 120 credits required. That equates to four advanced AF subjects including the compulsory AF5. Now I know what I have and what I need.
I can sit AF exams in April and October each year and plan to sit my first AF in April 2010. All I need to do now is study very hard for the next two years and pass four exams.
Garry Hale Director HK Wealth Managers