Corporate Finance Qualification (CFq)

The Diploma in Corporate Finance offers a practically grounded, transactions-oriented diploma in corporate finance. The syllabus has been jointly developed by ICAEW and the CISI to cover the depth and scope of knowledge and skills required of today's corporate finance professionals. It establishes and maintains high standards of professional skill and care in all corporate finance transactions.

In response to industry consultation, ICAEW and the CISI have recently relaunched this programme. The new diploma is equivalent to a Level 6 qualification on the UK National Qualifications Framework.

BPP is proud to be an ICAEW Partner in Learning and CISI Accredited Training Provider (ATP) for the Diploma in Corporate Finance and will be offering distance learning courses and face to face revision courses for the first sitting of the exams.

Key Information

  • Gain demonstrable corporate skills and competencies
  • Be exam-ready with focused study materials
  • BPP is an ICAEW Partner in Learning
  • Full class recordings of Certificate in CF available to Diploma delegates
  • Globally recognised, with students from over 50 countries
  • The only specialist corporate finance qualification
  • Blended learning with exam focused revision
  • Distance learning option available

Key information about the new Diploma

There will be two exams for this new Diploma in Corporate Finance:

  • Paper 1 - Corporate Finance Techniques and Theory
  • Paper 2 - Corporate Finance Strategy and Advice

Full syllabus

Exams will take place in both June and December. Students who have achieved the previous Diploma in Corporate Finance will be eligible to study for Paper 2 and will not have to sit Paper 1.

On successful completion of the two exams, students will be awarded the Diploma in Corporate Finance, which will be jointly awarded by ICAEW and the CISI.

Qualification Structure

The first stage in the qualification is the CISI Certificate in Corporate Finance, which provides the essential basic knowledge for those involved in Corporate finance. Please see here for a full list of exemptions from the certificate level. It may help at the Diploma stage to have studied the Regulations paper from the Corporate Finance Certificate. Students who have successfully completed the Diploma in Corporate Finance and acquired at least three years corporate finance work experience will be awarded the CF qualification and CF designation. For more details of the structure, including exam fees, please see

Experience Route

The CF designation is still available through the experience route for candidates who are able to demonstrate the required level of expertise including five years’ corporate finance experience. For more details please see

Dates and prices

CISI Certificate in Corporate Finance

CISI Diploma in Corporate Finance

CISI Certificate in Corporate Finance

As the first stage of the CF qualification, the CISI Certificate in Corporate Finance tests your understanding of basic corporate finance concepts and the regulatory environment.

Course content

  • UK Financial Services and Markets Act
  • FCA's Conduct of Business Rules
  • Equity capital markets
  • The Takeover Code
  • Basic accounting
  • Basic quantitative techniques
  • Introduction to corporate finance

Study time

Around 160 hours.


Two one-hour units: Corporate Finance Regulation and Corporate Finance Technical Foundations. Each unit is examined via 50 multiple choice questions.

Course duration

Three days.


Holders of an FSSC appropriate examination (e.g. the ACA qualification) will be granted full credit against this stage and may proceed to the Diploma stage.

CF Diploma course structure and content

Our Diploma in Corporate Finance course is designed to provide flexibility and support. You will receive our comprehensive ICAEW accredited study materials supplemented by online support and an exam focused revision course. Our course includes the opportunity to have a mock exam marked by your tutor with personal feedback to help you maximise your chances of success in the Diploma examination. 

The Paper 2 exam is focused on real life corporate finance transactions. To prepare you for this exam, our 4 day course incorporates a combination of tuition, real life scenarios and exam style case studies.

You can opt for a distance learning option which includes the study materials, tutor support, online content and exam marking service. However due to the nature of the exam we strongly recommend attendance on the classroom course.

As part of the Corporate Finance Diploma, you will have access to the following:

Online content

  • Interactive webinars
  • Introductory presentations
  • Online recordings of prior knowledge elements from the Certificate in Corporate Finance
  • Detailed work programme
  • Regular tutor emails
  • Forum for tutor queries and communication with fellow candidates

Revision course

  • 4 days of exam-focused tuition and question practice
  • Includes a mock exam – marked by your tutor with personal feedback

Online Classroom

If you cannot attend the revision course, you can enroll for the distance learning option. You will receive all the online and physical course material along with the tutor support. You can submit the mock exam to us for marking and will receive individual feedback.

Entry requirements

To enter at the Diploma in Corporate Finance level you'll need to have passed the CISI Certificate in Corporate Finance or be an ICAEW Chartered Accountant. ICAEW Chartered Accountants may wish to take the Regulations paper from the CISI Certificate in CF to prepare for this element of the Diploma papers.

For a full list of exemptions, please click here.

Study locations

Classroom teaching for the Diploma in Corporate Finance is held at the London Liverpool Street study centre – close to Bank, Moorgate and Liverpool Street. Based at the heart of the UK's corporate finance world, it allows us you to rub shoulders with the industry's leading thinkers.