The Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII) has launched a Certificate in Securities Advice and Dealing for advisers wanting to specialise in the area.
The qualification is an ‘Financial Services Authority (FSA) appropriate' QCF Level 4 qualification and covers FSA TC appendix 1.1 activities 2 and 12. It is also aimed at those people working in a support function and wanting to further demonstrate their knowledge of this sector.
A significant number of Personal Finance Society (PFS) members are already authorised within the securities market according to the institute and so may benefit from this additional qualification.
PFS chief executive Faye Goddard said: "The need for greater knowledge, expertise and higher professional standards in the area of securities advice and dealing has been increased by regulatory change and the desire to better serve consumers. Investment vehicles are constantly evolving and the need for broader knowledge is essential.
"We believe the new Certificate in Securities Advice and Dealing will provide the information and robust study framework necessary for individuals advising in this area, which will help result in better quality advice for the public they serve."
The Certificate in Securities Advice and Dealing is made up of four units: existing CII units (R01) Financial services, regulation and ethics; (R02) Investment principles and risk; (R03) Personal taxation; and new unit (J12) Securities advice and dealing.
CII study material for unit J12 will be available from May, with the first exams to sit from September.
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