The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has accredited the CII’s certificate, diploma and advanced diploma in financial planning.
CII’s range of financial planning qualifications are now accredited into the National Framework, which enables a comparison with other regulated qualifications to be made.
CII’s certificate in financial planning has been accredited at level 3, which is equivalent to an A level and the diploma in financial planning at level 4, equivalent to the first year of a Degree course.
The advanced diploma in financial planning was accredited at level 6 and is equivalent to a Degree.
CII deputy-director general Bob Bullivant says: “As the leading awarding body for financial planners our candidates have the right to expect the highest possible standard of question setting, marking and result delivery. The presence of the regulatory authorities’ logos on the completion certificate means that the award has met the most exacting standards.
“Before Christmas we launched a campaign to sort out the alphabet soup of qualifications. One way of making progress while retaining standards would be to use the QCA framework as the starting point for agreement. This has the double impact of challenging any awarding body in the sector to gain regulatory authority recognition as a way of proving both the quality and level of their award.”