LIBF Level 4Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®)

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9 months


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DipFA® unitsUnits 1 & 2

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Average completion time9 months (FSRE 112 hrs, AFA 290 hrs)

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Support period17 months

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LIBF Membership for the duration of your course

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Additional feesLIBF registration fees**

  • A 100% online DipFA® course, supported by the LIBF Digital Academy powered by ICS Learn
  • The course that will help you qualify as a financial adviser
  • Brings learning to life in bite-sized, manageable chunks
  • Perfect if you're wanting to start a career in financial advice
  • Rated Excellent on Trustpilot from 10,000+ student reviews

Learn with the new 100% online Digital Academy

LIBF Trusted Partner We are proud to announce our new partnership with The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) and the launch of the LIBF Digital Academy powered by ICS Learn.

This innovative virtual learning platform offers students the opportunity to study the Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) entirely online. You'll have access to:

  • Digital learning: hardcopy study materials will be provided as part of your LIBF registration, but you'll complete your course 100% online
  • Multi-device access: learn on-the-go from your phone, tablet or laptop 
  • Engaging and easy to absorb content: offered in bite-sized chunks, including case study-based learning that adds practical context to real life settings 
  • Live and recorded webinars: with industry experts to help you prepare for and ace your assignment tasks and exam
  • End-of-unit knowledge quizzes: including system marked multiple-choice questions 
  • Dedicated tutor support: connect with your DipFA tutor via the Connect & Communicate function

Offered as a fully digital and self-paced programme, the 100% online DipFA course helps aspiring Financial Advisers to grow their knowledge and skills, and to ultimately achieve their career goals.

You can study the Financial Services Regulation and Ethics (FSRE) or Advanced Financial Advice (AFA) modules individually, please contact our LIBF course advisors for more details.

Course Details for DipFA

There are no entry requirements.

However, you need to be satisfied of your ability to study in English at RQF Level 3.

We recommend that you are at least 18 years old as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) will not let you practice as a recognised financial adviser before then.

A 100% online course, the Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers gives you the flexibility to qualify to become a financial advisor from home or on-the-go

You'll study 2 units that will explore the fundamental skills, knowledge and expertise that you'll need to qualify as a financial adviser. These include: 

  • Unit 1: Financial Services Regulation and Ethics (FSRE)
  • Unit 2: Advanced Financial Advice (AFA)

Like your course, your DipFA assessments are 100% online.

You will be assessed for each unit by a mixture of multiple-choice online exams and coursework.

  • Unit 1:  Financial Services Regulation and Ethics (FSRE) – one two-hour exam with 90 multiple-choice questions and two case studies, each with five linked multiple-choice questions.
  • Unit 2:  Advanced Financial Advice (AFA) – one piece of online coursework after three months of study and one three-hour typed electronic exam, based on a case study.

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Why is this course right for you?

The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) is the perfect course to study if you want to launch a career in financial advice and work towards qualifying as a financial adviser. 

Designed to develop the fundamental skills, knowledge and expertise you need to start your journey towards becoming a qualified financial adviser, the DipFA is the minimum level qualification that you'll need to progress your career forward.

As the first financial adviser course available that you can study completely online, the study format of this 100% online DipFA brings the content to life, breaking down your learning into manageable steps.

Throughout the course, you'll develop the essential skills to prepare you for a successful future in finance. You'll explore a variety of topics, including:

  • The purpose and structure of the UK financial services industry
  • The role and aims of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and financial advice rules and regulation
  • How risks affect customer needs
  • How to find and analyse data
  • How to create, execute and manage financial plans
  • How to create and communicate financial advice

Once you have successfully completed this course and passed all the assessments, you can take the first step to apply to become a financial adviser and start building the career you've always dreamed of.

Keep in mind that before you can study with the Digital Academy with ICS Learn, you must pay a registration fee to The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) directly.

Diploma for Financial Advisers FAQs

Rated Excellent from more than 10,000 independent student reviews, we're the UK's most trusted online learning centre. 

We were founded more than 130 years ago, and our mission over the last century has been to help people get the qualifications they need to build a career they're truly proud of. 

We understand how difficult it can be to fit study around full-time work, parenting duties, or managing a busy schedule. That's why we build our courses for real people, living real lives.  

The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) are a professional body with taught degree awarding powers.

Founded in 1879 as the Institute of Bankers, it provides internationally recognised executive training and professional qualifications to support the banking and finance sector around the world.

They focus on lifelong learning; equipping individuals with the knowledge, skills, and qualifications to achieve what they want throughout their career and life.

Their qualifications are relevant for a range of roles regardless of experience and allow individuals to tailor their learning, so they have the building blocks and professional skills to progress with pace.

They provide a balance of experience, insight and thought leadership for today’s financial world, delivered by industry leaders, thinkers, and members of our community.

The Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) is aimed at professionals who are looking to start a career as a financial adviser.

Exploring the key information you'll need to qualify as a financial adviser, you'll examine:

  • the purpose and structure of the UK financial services industry
  • the role and aims of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
  • regulation regarding financial advice through to risk
  • analysing data, creating and managing financial plans
  • communicating financial advice

If you're looking to qualify as a financial adviser, this course is the perfect place to start. It brings content to life by breaking down learning into easy-to-manage bite-sized chunks. 

This DipFA course is the first of its kind to be digitised, allowing you to study and access support resources entirely online.

Right away! Access to your first unit will be immediate. 

You'll have access to a range of online support and resources throughout your time studying, including live and recorded webinars, end-of-unit quizzes and dedicated tutor support via our click & communicate online chat function. 

If you’re funding the course yourself, our flexible monthly payment plans allow you to spread the cost of your monthly instalments. 

If your employer is funding all or part of your course, we can invoice them directly for your course fees – just let your course advisor know and we’ll arrange everything.

Totalling £1050, the LIBF registration fee covers everything you need to successfully complete your course, including: 

  • Your course registration fee 
  • One attempt at each of your 3 course assessments (resit fees apply)
  • Access to LIBF's learning platform, Brightspace (which includes mandatory reading and unit e-books), that supports the Digital Academy and underwrites the additional resources ICS Learn provides for the DipFA 

You must register with LIBF first and pay your full registration fee to them before continuing your studies with ICS Learn. This ensures that you'll have the access you need to LIBF's learning platform, Brightspace, as well as your assessment information. You'll need both to successfully complete your DipFA course. 

When a student registers with LIBF, they will also be sent three hard-copy textbooks (FSRE, AFA 1 and AFA). 

Get in touch with our DipFA Advisors on +44 141 404 6595.

They’ll talk through your experience, education and ambitions to make sure you’re choosing the right course, then get you enrolled with a flexible monthly payment plan.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please tell your Course Advisor before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

Your payments will be charged in GBP. The monthly payments listed in your local currency are an estimate based on the current exchange rate from

This means that the amount you’ll pay each month in your local currency may vary based on the current exchange rate.

Your bank may use a different exchange rate from the one listed here, or charge a fee for converting your payments into GBP; we’d advise that you speak to your bank directly for more details.

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* Any offer of credit is made by ICS and is subject to your status and eligibility.
** Your LIBF registration fee will total £1,200 and includes your course registration, assessment and exam fees. See FAQs for more details.