The Diploma in Financial Planning is a level 6 qualification recognised by Ofqual. It represents a challenging test of your technical ability by examination, but also assesses how well you can apply this knowledge in order to produce an effective financial plan - i.e. your planning skills. You should not underestimate the time or effort required to obtain the Diploma, in particular that which is required to produce a Financial Plan that meets the assessment standards. The assessment standards can be found in the Certification handbook and candidates are advised to study them carefully (a new handbook is currently being developed, ifin the interim if you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org).