Qualifications and Membership Opportunities for Wealth Management

Our Wealth Management professional qualifications will provide you with specialist knowledge and expertise to foster a strong career in wealth and investment management and will qualify you to advise clients under the UK’s Retail Distribution Review, as well as other global jurisdictions.

Wealth Management Qualifications Pathway

Follow a progressive study route consistent with career paths in the financial services sector. New entrants to the professional arena choose to start with Fundamentals of Financial Services or the Foundation Qualification - Introduction to Investment, before selecting a wealth management study pathway most suitable for their relevant jurisdiction.

Become qualified to give financial advice on retail investments: UK Outside the UK

A PDF version of all Qualifications pathways is also available. The levels shown above are a guide only. Ofqual regulated qualifications are marked +

Hear from others

Siu Wai Samuel Chung, Citi Private Bank

Investment Advice Diploma - Overall Winner CISI Awards Ceremony 2015

The business requires all front office staff (including graduate analysts) to take the IAD exam in order to comply with the new RDR regulatory standards. I have a better understanding of the UK regulatory framework and the implication of dealing with clients who are RDR in-scope and out-of-scope alike. I have become more confident in my technical knowledge and understanding of products which has allowed me to have more in-depth and meaningful conversations with clients.

I would definitely recommend the qualifications to others, especially those working as advisors in the Wealth Management professions. Given the complexity of the products now sold to clients, a mastery of regulations, fully functional knowledge of products and a strong understanding of investment implications (e.g. tax, settlement logistics) are vital and the IAD provides a solid foundation in all of these areas.

Robin Ellis, Chartered MCSI, Assistant Investment Manager, Smith & Williamson

Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification – Overall Winner CISI Awards Ceremony 2015

I took the Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification as part of the graduate program at Smith & Williamson. The main reason for taking the qualification is to satisfy the regulator so that I am qualified to manage people’s savings but there are plenty of other positive reasons to taking the qualification, such as being up to date with the most recent studies in portfolio management and obtaining a better understanding of the fundamental concepts behind the financial assets that we deal with every day.

Achieving additional qualifications enables me to take on more responsibility at work and move forward with my career. Equally, the background knowledge that I picked up from the modules has helped my general financial services knowledge and improved the quality of my investment research and portfolio management.

Membership Opportunities

CISI membership is a compelling marker of professionalism in the financial services sector. Whatever stage of your career you are at, CISI membership highlights to colleagues, clients and the wider professional sphere a commitment to professionalism and the highest standards of knowledge, skills and behaviour. We now have over 47,000 members in 116 countries who take advantage of membership.



CISI members have extensive opportunities to make connections and share knowledge. Including an international network of 47,000 financial practitioners



Members' professional development is at the heart of everything the CISI does



Whatever stage of your career you are at – there is always potential for growth and progression.

Wealth Management Benefits

  • Designatory Letters - When you join the Institute you will be able to use designatory letters gained from achieving your wealth management qualification and set yourself apart from other practitioners in today's competitive market.
  • Join our Wealth Management Professional Forum – More than 1,700 wealth management practitioners meet regularly in London to network and discuss relevant sector topics.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events - Enjoy exclusive and free attendance at wealth management seminars and events worldwide.
  • Professional Refresher elearning Modules - Free access to the Institute’s online learning system to test your knowledge on topics, such as Client Assets and Client Money, Investment Principles and Risk, Principles of RDR, Market Abuse, Suitability of Client Investments and more.
  • Discounts of up to 30% to attend our wealth management day and half day CPD Training Courses.
  • CISI TV - Free access to our online library of past CPD events including a dedicated Wealth Management section.
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