The Personal Finance Society (PFS) is to celebrate hundreds of new graduates joining its ranks at two ceremonies in London on Friday.
Of the 433 graduates being formerly recognised, 259 have reached Chartered status, 14 have reached Associate level and 160 have been inducted as Fellows, including the PFS's youngest ever Fellow, Investment Quorum wealth manager Vito Faircloth.
PFS president Nick Turner, chief executive Keith Richards and 2016 Chartered Financial Planner of the Year Kate Gannon (pictured) are to attend the ceremonies at the Chartered Insurance Institute's Great Hall.
Richards said: "The level of professionalism within the personal finance sector continues to be enhanced each year and I congratulate all of our graduates on their achievements and their commitment to ongoing learning and professional development."
The PFS holds two graduation days each year for those reaching Associate, Fellow, and Chartered status. It had already celebrated 410 new graduates at its latest ceremony in October.
PFS designations are awarded by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). The PFS Fellowship programme is the highest qualification awarded by the CII and requires a Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF, formerly QCF) Level 6 qualification plus 60 additional study credits.
Associate represents RQF Level 6, while Chartered requires a further five years of industry experience.
The PFS also recognises adviser achievements in an annual ceremony in November and last year Manning & Company's Gannon was named 2016 Chartered Financial Planner of the Year.
Gannon said: "The benefits of ongoing professional development and learning cannot be underestimated, and have helped me achieve my professional goals and ambitions.
"I congratulate all graduates on reaching an important milestone in their careers."
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