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Diploma for mortgage brokers

The ifs School of Finance is offering a diploma for mortgage brokers wanting to qualify beyond the benchmark certificate of mortgage advice and practice level.

The diploma in mortgage advice and practice is for brokers with Cemap or an equivalent qualification to develop their product and market knowledge to a more advanced level.

The Dipmap course is offered on a distance-learning basis and runs over nine months.

It is divided into two units, including financial services, regulation and ethics and advanced mortgage advice. The financial services, regulation and ethics unit is shared with the ifs level four qualification for financial advisers and those who have already passed it do not need to retake it.

The registration fee for the full Dipmap is £520 and the registration fee for the AMA unit only is £375.

Ifs School of Finance vice-principal Anne Kiem says that although the mortgage market has been hit by the financial crisis, there is still a need for highly specialised mortgage advice.

She says: “Increased regulation in the advice sector is here to stay and there can be little doubt that complexity of mortgage products will continue to increase in the years to come.

“In such an environment, advanced qualifications such as Dipmap can come to the fore in helping advisers stand out from the crowd.”

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