CISI Diploma

The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Diploma is one of the UK's leading postgraduate finance qualifications – and BPP University offers more choice and greater chance of success than any other provider. Once completed, you'll have an excellent understanding of client investment advice and management, plus the prestigious MCSI designation after your name.

With BPP University, you can choose from six CISI Diploma papers – enabling you to specialise in the areas that interest you. You'll benefit from expert tutor support, classroom and distance learning options with on and offline materials. We have more experience teaching towards the popular Private Client Investment Advice and Management (PCIAM) exam than anyone else.

The Diploma is an award of the professional body CISI. BPP Professional Education provides a series of courses to prepare you for the CISI assessments.

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  • Outstanding first-time exam pass rate
  • Greater experience teaching the PCIAM qualification than any other provider
  • More specialisation and study choices than any other provider
  • Level six PCIAM expert tuition
  • Classroom, distance learning and material only options
  • Regulation and compliance courses with legal CPD accreditation
  • Full-time support from expert tutors
  • Work towards RDR compliance requirements
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Take the next step in your finance career

Gaining the CISI Diploma allows you to use the MCSI designation after your name, as well as becoming eligible for FCSI designation.

Gain your PCIAM qualification

As part of the CISI Diploma at BPP, you'll have the opportunity to study for the sought-after Level Six PCIAM certificate. This prestigious qualification covers all aspects of private client advice in the areas of securities, investment, compliance, derivatives and operations. The latest FCA legislation means those who pass the PCIAM paper (who are already Level Three Qualified) will only need to take the CPD top up to become RDR compliant.

PCIAM Entrance Requirements

CISI stipulate that any new entrants or advisers who were not authorised with the FSA (now the FCA) prior to 31 December 2012 must hold an RDR compliant level 4 qualification (e.g Investment Advice Diploma, IAD) before entry into PCIAM. Level 3 qualifications will not suffice for entry into PCIAM for these new entrants.

Widest choice of specialisation options

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Your CISI Diploma opens up countless exciting career opportunities. Plus, as we offer more course specialisation options than any other provider, you can develop the areas you choose.

You could focus on areas relevant to your current position or where you hope to work in the future, strengthening your skill set and becoming a more attractive prospect to new employers.

Outstanding flexibility and study options

You must pass three of the eight papers available to gain the CISI Diploma. The more popular papers include Bond and Fixed Interest Markets, Fund Management, Regulation and Compliance and Private Client Investment Advice and Management – see the course paper options section for the full list.

You can choose from classroom courses or distance learning. We also provide an in-house service for some of the courses. Please email in-house@bpp.com for more information on this option.

The latest learning materials

Throughout your CISI Diploma, we'll provide the most up-to-date study texts, study guides and past examinations, along with examiner answers and comments. We'll give you press cuttings, PowerPoint course slides and tutor support either face-to-face or via phone and email. We'll help you prepare with practice questions and mock papers from past papers, to make sure you're fully ready for your exams.

Flexible learning

The CISI Diploma is available as both a classroom-based course and through distance learning – allowing you to choose the option that best suits your circumstances.

Classroom study

We use a tried and tested three stage approach to teaching each course, to help maximise your chance of success. This includes:

  • Phase One – introduction to key concepts and ideas
  • Phase Two – learn and understand the main subject areas to broaden your knowledge
  • Phase Three – apply your knowledge through testing and consolidation

Distance learning

Our distance learning course enables you to study at a time, pace and place that suits your lifestyle. This option gives you added flexibility, but it still covers all aspects of the syllabus, so you don't miss out on core subject areas. Throughout your studies, further support is available from our experienced tutors.

Key study points

  • Full tutor support, whether learning in the classroom or self-study
  • Mock exam papers and past examinations
  • Study guide for time management tips and learning techniques
  • The best study text books and user-friendly learning materials
  • Press cuttings for real-world study
  • PowerPoint course slides of class tutorials

Flexible start dates

We offer start-dates throughout the year. For more information email us at financialservices@bpp.com

In-house teaching

As well as offering courses for individuals, we're happy to work alongside firms to help develop their employees – improving capabilities and knowledge. Above all, we focus on the precise requirements of your organisation, providing tailored training at a time and location to suit you.

To find out more about how we could help your organisation, please email in-house@bpp.com

Entry requirements

CISI stipulate that any new entrants or advisers who were not authorised with the FSA (now the FCA) prior to 31 December 2012 must hold an RDR compliant level 4 qualification (e.g Investment Advice Diploma, IAD) before entry into PCIAM. Level 3 qualifications will not suffice for entry into PCIAM for these new entrants.

You may sit the exam as many times as you like.

Possible exemptions

Exemptions are available on the following papers, depending on your existing qualifications and experience:

  • Interpretation of Financial Statements
  • Investment Analysis

Please contact the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment to find out if you're eligible for exemptions – email exemptions@sii.org.uk or speak to your compliance officer.

Scenarios for existing CISI diploma delegates

If you've studied towards one or more papers from the existing CISI Diploma and can't decide whether to continue with the CISI Diploma or move onto the new CISI Masters in Wealth Management programme, we've outlined some scenarios which could help you decide.
 

Studied towards one CISI Diploma paper

The options below are applicable to delegates that have studied towards one existing CISI Diploma paper. They show the options available depending upon the paper you have already sat. Please note that you could take any of the three modules from the CISI Masters in Wealth Management as one of your papers to complete the CISI Diploma (certain restrictions apply - see table at the bottom of this page).
 

Regulation and Compliance (R&C)

You could either decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (2 more subjects and exams); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (3 modules and exams).
 

Private Client Investment Advice and Management (PCIAM)

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (2 more subjects and exams); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (3 modules and exams, but PCIAM knowledge will assist you in the CISI Masters in Wealth Management).
 

Any other CISI Diploma paper........

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (2 more subjects and exams); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management from the beginning (3 modules and exams).
 

Studied towards two CISI Diploma papers

The options below are applicable to delegates that have studied towards two existing CISI Diploma papers. They show the options available depending upon the papers you have already sat. Please note that you could take any of the three modules from the CISI Masters in Wealth Management as your third paper to complete the CISI Diploma (certain restrictions apply - see table at the bottom of the page).
 

Regulation & Compliance (R&C) and Private Client Investment Advice and Management (PCIAM)

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (3 modules and exams, but PCIAM knowledge will assist you in the CISI Masters in Wealth Management); OR finish the CISI Diploma (taking Investment Analysis or Interpretation of Financial Statements) and then complete the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams), because IA or IFS gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets).
 

Regulation & Compliance (R&C) and Investment Analysis (IA)

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, because IA gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)); OR finish the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam) and then complete the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, because Investment Analysis gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)).
 

Regulation & Compliance (R&C) and Interpretation of Financial Statements (IFS)

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, because IFS gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)); OR finish the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam) and then complete the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, because IFS gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)).
 

Investment Analysis (IA) and one other CISI Diploma paper

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, because IA gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)); OR finish the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam) and then complete the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, as IA gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)).
 

Interpretation of Financial Statements (IFS) and one other CISI Diploma paper

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, because IFS gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)); OR finish the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam) and then complete the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 modules and exams, because IFS gives you an exemption from module 1 (Financial Markets)).  
 

Any other combination of two CISI Diploma papers

You could decide to either continue and complete the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam); OR stop the CISI Diploma, and start the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (3 modules and exams); OR finish the CISI Diploma (1 more subject and exam) and then complete the CISI Masters in Wealth Management (2 or 3 modules and exams – level of additional workload will depend upon which two specific CISI Diploma papers have been taken).

For specific information on exemptions, we recommend that you contact the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) directly on +44 (0) 20 7645 0600.  
 

CISI Diploma papers that count towards CISIM (Wealth Management) modules

The existing CISI Diploma papers that can be taken with the new CISIM (Wealth Management) modules to achieve the CISI Diploma are represented in the table below:
 

Financial Markets

  • Bond & Fixed Interest Markets
  • ICAEW Diploma in Corporate Finance
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Fund Management
  • Global Operations Management
  • Management Studies
  • Private Client Investment Advice & Management
  • Regulation and Compliance

Portfolio Construction Theory

  • Bond & Fixed Interest Markets
  • ICAEW Diploma in Corporate Finance
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Global Operations Management
  • Interpretation of Financial Statements
  • Investment Analysis
  • Management Studies
  • Regulation and Compliance

Applied Wealth Management

  • Bond & Fixed Interest Markets
  • ICAEW Diploma in Corporate Finance
  • Financial Derivatives
  • Fund Management
  • Global Operations Management
  • Interpretation of Financial Statements
  • Investment Analysis
  • Management Studies
  • Regulation and Compliance

Study locations

Classroom teaching for the CISI Diploma is held at the London Liverpool Street study centre – close to Bank, Moorgate and Liverpool Street Station. Based in the heart of the UK's financial services centre, it allows you to rub shoulders with the industry's leading thinkers.