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LIBF Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA)

London Institute of Banking & Finance’s online Digital Academy powered by ICS Learn

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9 months
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17 months
LIBF Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers
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Are you ready to take your first step towards a successful career as a financial adviser?

The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) is a qualification awarded by The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF). As a Trusted Partner, you can study the DipFA 100% online with the LIBF Digital Academy, powered by ICS Learn.

This course is one of a kind offering a fully digital and self-paced programme so you can learn around your commitments. The Digital Academy provides access to engaging and practical case-study-based content that is broken down into bite-sized chunks, making it easier for you to manage and learn on the go from your phone, tablet or laptop.

With a focus on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), economic and personal risk and the creation and maintenance of financial plans, the 100% online Diploma for Financial Advisers course is perfect for anyone interested in the world of financial advice.

You’ll have access to live and recorded webinars with industry experts, end-of-unit knowledge quizzes, and dedicated tutor support via the Connect & Communicate online chat function.

Enrol on the Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) today to start your journey towards a successful career in financial advice!


LIBF Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers

Regulated by Ofqual

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The Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) is an online qualification designed to provide learners with the fundamental skills, knowledge, and expertise they need to start their journey towards becoming a qualified financial adviser.

You can access all the content you need to succeed with the new LIBF Digital Academy, which breaks down learning into bite-sized chunks that are easy to digest and allows you to study for the course and access all the supporting resources, 100% online. Additionally, learners will have access to a variety of benefits such as dedicated tutor support, end-of-unit knowledge quizzes, and engaging and easy-to-absorb content through the Digital Academy, which is an innovative virtual learning platform that offers a bespoke learning experience.

This course consists of two units:

Unit 1: Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics (FRSE)

This unit covers the regulatory framework of the UK financial services industry, including the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and its role in regulating financial services. It also provides an in-depth understanding of the ethical considerations that financial advisers need to take into account when working with clients.

Unit 2: Advanced Financial Advice (AFA)

This unit covers the key aspects of financial advice, including how to find and analyze important data, how to formulate and communicate financial advice successfully, and how to manage risk effectively. It also provides comprehensive insight into how risk affects customers’ needs.

You will be assessed for each unit by a mixture of multiple-choice online exams and coursework. Please note that the cost of exam(s) or assessments(s) not included in price & must be purchased separately.

Learners who register for the DipFA will also become members of The London Institute of Banking & Finance (MLIBF) throughout their programme which provides you with access to numerous benefits such as professional networking events and careers support.

Who is this course for?

The Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA) is designed for professionals seeking to embark on a career as a financial adviser. This dynamic learning experience provides a deep understanding of financial advice, covering everything from regulations and risk analysis to creating and managing financial plans and effective communication.


There are no entry requirements to study the online DipFA, however, it’s recommended that you possess the necessary English language skills to study at RQF Level 3 with confidence. You must be at least 18 years old, as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) mandates that individuals cannot practice as a recognised financial adviser before this age.

Career path

The DipFA qualification is the perfect way to launch a career in financial advice. By studying through LIBF's Digital Academy, you'll be well on your way to an exciting career as a financial adviser.

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What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.