Choose your career pathway

Our qualifications, developed by practitioners for practitioners, will equip you with the practical knowledge you need to do your job, whether you are starting out in the industry, or you’re looking to specialise in a chosen discipline.

No matter your technical focus, our industry recognised study pathways ensure the specialist understanding you gain can be immediately transferred to business activities and client-facing advisory functions, helping you to progress in your career.

Why CISI Qualifications?

Our foundation, qualifying, advanced and professional level study pathways in Operations, Wealth Management, Compliance/Risk, Capital Markets/Corporate Finance, Financial Planning and Islamic Finance offer practitioners the opportunity to achieve core competence and foster strong careers in all areas of financial services.

CISI exams are taken in over 70 countries and offer flexibility to suit your job requirements. You can build a broad portfolio of exams by adding additional job-related technical units to your qualification, substitute our regulatory exams with one specific to your local market and decide how many units you wish to study at one time.

Our qualifications are designed, developed and reviewed regularly by senior industry practitioners to ensure they are purpose built for the market and remain relevant. Major banks and financial organisations worldwide use our qualifications to benchmark the knowledge of their staff.


Professional Excellence

Global Portability

Industry recognition

Career Pathway

Specialist Knowledge

Flexible Approach

Practical and Relevant

Study Resources

Operations

Gain specialist knowledge and expertise to progress your career in investment operations

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Wealth Management

Gain specialist knowledge and expertise to progress your career in wealth management

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Compliance & Risk

Gain specialist knowledge and expertise to progress your career in compliance and risk

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Capital Markets & Corporate Finance

Gain specialist knowledge and expertise to progress your career in capital markets and corporate finance

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Islamic Finance

Gain specialist knowledge and expertise to progress your career in Islamic finance

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Financial Planning

Gain specialist knowledge and expertise to progress your career in Financial Planning

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Our full suite of examinations

ukqualsstructureView our full qualifications structure or use our qualifications navigator which provides a guide to industry job roles and appropriate CISI qualifications.

If you already know which exam you wish to take please select it below:

 
 
 


 

Exam Details

Pass Mark / Pass Rate

The current pass rate for this exam is and the pass mark is . The exam grades are as follows:

RQF Credits

credits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework are awarded upon successfully passing this exam

Exam Availability

Policies & Procedures

Please ensure you have familiarised yourself with our examination policies & procedures before booking your exam.

Ofqual Recognition

The CISI is recognised as an awarding body by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). Ofqual is the independent education regulator for England. It gives formal recognition to organisations that deliver qualifications and monitors awarding organisation activities.

Qualifications Framework

CISI qualifications regulated by Ofqual are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF):

  • CISI Level 2 Fundamentals of Financial Services (600/7731/1)
  • CISI Level 3 Award in Combating Financial Crime (600/3958/9)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate for Introduction to Securities & Investment (500/6267/0)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Combating Financial Crime (600/3954/1)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Corporate Finance (500/6149/5)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Derivatives (600/2411/2) (part of the CISI's Capital Markets Programme)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Finance, Risk & Decision Making (600/7978/2)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Global Financial Compliance (600/3921/8)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Investment Operations 600/0715/1)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Islamic Finance (IFQ) (501/1273/9)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Securities (600/2061/1) (part of the CISI's Capital Markets Programme)
  • CISI Level 3 Certificate in Wealth Management (600/2410/0) (known as the International Certificate in Wealth and Investment Management)
  • CISI Level 3 Diploma in Finance, Risk & Investment (600/7833/9)
  • CISI Level 4 Certificate in Investment Management (600/9262/2)
  • CISI Level 4 Diploma in Investment Advice (501/0746/X)
  • CISI Level 6 Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice & Management (500/6187/2)
  • CISI Level 6 Diploma in Corporate Finance (600/6344/0)
  • CISI Level 7 Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification (501/1603/4)

European Qualifications Framework

The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is an overarching qualifications reference framework that links the qualifications of different countries and acts as a translation device to make qualifications easier to understand across different countries and systems in Europe. Individuals and employers can use the EQF to better understand and compare the qualifications levels of different countries and different education and training systems. 

The EQF has eight levels which reference to Ofqual's Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and these are highlighted in the CISI qualifications navigator.

RQF Level E1 E2 E3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
EQF Level - - 1 2 3 4 5 5 6 7 8


Further information on the European Qualifications Framework can be accessed here.

 

Qualifications and the FCA/PRA

Investment firms regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and/or the Prudential Regulatory Authority are required to employ staff who are competent [FCA / PRA Handbooks SYSC 3.1.6 R]. For many job functions, staff are expected to hold a relevant qualification outlined in:

How the CISI ensures its qualifications are fit for purpose

To ensure qualifications are fit for purpose, the CISI obtains input from employers, trade bodies, training providers, the sector skills council (the Financial & Legal Skills Partnership) and other stakeholders in all stages of the development and assessment of qualifications.

A panel of key stakeholders is appointed for each of the Institute’s exams. Each panel provides guidance on the development of each unit and meets at least biannually to review the syllabus and assessment content to ensure continued fitness for purpose.

Each panel reports to the Qualification Assessment Board (QAB) for the relevant qualification, which consists of senior representatives of each panel within the qualification. Each QAB subsequently reports to the Examinations Board (EB).

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