Applying for an exemption

Please ensure that you read the rules for exemption and that you send us all the relevant documents with your application.

Recognised Exemptions

Please complete the Recognised Exemption form including the appropriate fee and send with one of the following:

  • A certified copy of your certificate – signed/stamped by your line manager or a member of your HR/Compliance department
  • A certified copy of a statement of results from the awarding body on letter headed paper – signed/stamped by your line manager or a member of your HR/Compliance department
  • Email directly from the awarding body to the CISI ( stating the qualifications passed

Unrecognised Exemptions

Please complete either the Introduction to Securities & Investment unrecognised exemption form or the Financial Markets unrecognised exemption form and send with the following:

  • A certified copy of your MSc/MA degree certificate
  • A certified copy of your official course transcript
  • A detailed copy of the syllabus for your MSc/MA degree
  • The completed assessment form, mapping your degree to the syllabus of the unit you are applying for an exemption from
  • The appropriate fee

Rules for Exemption

  • The exemption fee is dependent on the CISI unit that you are seeking exemption from and can be found on the relevant application form. All fees must be paid regardless of the outcome of your application.
  • Candidates are only entitled to an exemption from one unit
  • Exemptions should be applied for before you sit the first unit of a qualification.
  • Applications for exemptions after the unit of a qualification has been sat will only be agreed if that exemption remains available at the time it is applied for.
  • Candidates seeking exemption must offer a qualification which was obtained after 1st December 2001.
  • Exemptions cannot be granted retrospectively for any CISI examination that a candidate has previously sat, regardless of the result.
  • Exemptions will not be granted on the basis of work experience, or for qualifications that require gap-fill to meet the level required.


There is no automatic entitlement to an exemption. If the CISI determines that a qualification does not contain sufficient relevant coverage, an exemption will not be awarded. If you wish to make an appeal against a decision made in relation to your application, you must do so in writing, within 14 days of the date of the decision. You must state clearly why you feel the decision should be reviewed.

The appeal fee is the same of the exemption fee, if the appeal is upheld the appeal fee will be returned to you. Following an appeal, our decision is final, and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Please scan and email your supporting documents together with your application form to

Or by post to:

Exemptions Department
Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
3rd Floor, 20 Fenchurch Street