To achieve Certified status, financial professionals must complete the following requirements, as set out by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI):
- Education. Individuals must master theoretical and practical financial planning knowledge by completing a comprehensive course of study.
- Experience. Individuals must meet relevant work experience standards to ensure they possess financial counselling skills in addition to financial planning knowledge.
- Examination. Individuals must pass the CISI’s Financial Planning & Advice examination which assesses their ability to apply integrated financial planning knowledge to real world client situations.
- Ethics. Individuals must agree to abide by the CISI’s strict Code of Conduct which defines their ethical responsibilities to the public, clients and employers.