We provide information in the form of a qualifications list on what qualifications support people in becoming competent for a particular role. These qualifications include all areas of finance, accountancy and financial services.

In order to be included on the FLSP’s qualifications list, qualifications must meet certain standards, which means that they are quality assured. Our qualifications list is updated annually and is split into the following sectors.

Accountancy
Banking
Finance
Financial Planning
Insurance
Investments
Pensions

Also on this page you can find guidance on:

Qualifications and the FCA
Welsh Baccalaureate

Accountancy

Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 1 Award in Accounting Association of Accounting Technicians
Level 2 Certificate in Accounting Association of Accounting Technicians
Level 2 Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Level 2 Certificate in Accounting City & Guilds
Level 2 Certificate in Accounting Edexcel
Level 3 Diploma in Accounting Association of Accounting Technicians
Level 3 Diploma in Financial and Management Accounting Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Level 3 Award for Tax Professionals Association of Accounting Technicians
Level 3 Certificate for Tax Professionals Association of Accounting Technicians
Level 3 Diploma for Tax Professionals Association of Accounting Technicians
Level 3 Diploma in Accounting City & Guilds
Level 3 Diploma in Accounting Edexcel
Level 4 Diploma in Accounting Association of Accounting Technicians
Level 4 Certificate in Taxation Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Level 4 Diploma in Accounting and Business Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Level 4 Award in Audit Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
BSc (Hons) in Finance & Accounting for Financial Services ifs School of Finance

Banking

Advising on securities in the wholesale market place (e.g., equities and bonds)
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Certificate in Securities The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Securities and Financial Derivatives The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Investment Management The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Diploma (must include a pass in Regulation and Compliance paper) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Masters in Wealth Management The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Private Client Advice The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Investment Advice Diploma (including the securities module) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Investment Management Certificate (IMC) CFA Society of the UK
Chartered Financial Analyst CFA Institute/CFA Society of UK
IFID Certificate + UK regulatory module ICMA Centre/University of Reading
Certified International Investment Analyst + UK regulatory module CIIA

 

Advising on derivatives in the wholesale market place
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Certificate in Derivatives The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Financial Derivatives The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Securities and Financial Derivatives The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Investment Management The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Investment Management Certificate (IMC) CFA Society of UK
Diploma (must include a pass in Regulation and Compliance paper) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
IFID Certificate + UK regulatory module ICMA Centre/University of Reading
Certified International Investment Analyst + UK regulatory module CIIA

 

Compliance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Advanced Certificate in Compliance International Compliance Association
Diploma in Compliance International Compliance Association
Award in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

Finance

Anti Money Laundering
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Diploma in Anti Money Laundering International Compliance Association

 

Commodities
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Certificate in Commodity Derivatives The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Financial Crime
Qualification Awarding Organisation
ICA Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention International Compliance Association
Award in Combating Financial Crime The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Combating Financial Crime The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Islamic Finance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

IT in Investment Operations
Qualification Awarding Organisation
IT in Investment Operations (ITIO) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Operations
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 3 Certificate for Introduction to Securities and Investment The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Operations Certificate Programme (OCP) + UK regulatory module ICMA Centre /University of Reading
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) City & Guilds
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) Edexcel
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) EDI
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) City & Guilds
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) Edexcel
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) EDI

 

Retail Banking
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Certificate in Retail Banking Conduct of Business ifs School of Finance
Diploma in Retail Banking Conduct of Business ifs School of Finance
Certificate in Commercial Mortgages ifs School of Finance
Certificate in Regulated Customer Care ifs School of Finance
Certificate in Regulated Complaints Handling ifs School of Finance
Certificate for Professional Bankers City College Norwich (Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland – CIOBS)
Diploma for Professional Bankers City College Norwich (Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland – CIOBS)
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Bank and Building Society Accounts pathway) City & Guilds
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Bank and Building Society Accounts pathway) Edexcel
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Bank and Building Society Accounts pathway) EDI
Level 3 Certificate in Financial Administration and Planning (CeFAP®) ifs School of Finance
Level 3 Certificate for Financial Advisers (CeFA®) ifs School of Finance
Level 3 Certificate in Supervising in a Regulated Environment (CeSRE) ifs School of Finance
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Bank and Building Society Accounts pathway) City & Guilds
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Bank and Building Society Accounts pathway) Edexcel
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Bank and Building Society Accounts pathway) EDI
Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) ifs School of Finance
Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Financial Advice (Adv DipFA®) ifs School of Finance
PGCHE in Financial Services ifs School of Finance
BSc (Hons) in Banking Practice and Management ifs School of Finance
BSc (Hons) in Finance, Investment and Risk ifs School of Finance
MSc in Banking Practice and Management and Chartered Fellowship (CFifs) ifs School of Finance

 

Wholesale Regulation
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Diploma in Capital Markets Regulation and Compliance FINRA/University of Reading
Principles of Financial Regulation The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

 

Anti Money Laundering
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Diploma in Anti Money Laundering International Compliance Association

 

Bookkeeping
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 2 Certificate in Bookkeeping International Association of Bookkeepers
Level 3 Certificate in Bookkeeping International Association of Bookkeepers

Financial Planning

Compliance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Advanced Certificate in Compliance International Compliance Association
Diploma in Compliance International Compliance Association
Award in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Payroll
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 2 Certificate in Payroll Edexcel
Level 2 Certificate in Payroll International Association of Bookkeepers
Level 3 Certificate in Payroll Edexcel
Level 3 Certificate in Payroll International Association of Bookkeepers

 

Compliance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Advanced Certificate in Compliance International Compliance Association
Diploma in Compliance International Compliance Association
Award in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Anti Money Laundering
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Diploma in Anti Money Laundering International Compliance Association

Insurance

Financial Crime
Qualification Awarding Organisation
ICA Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention International Compliance Association
Award in Combating Financial Crime The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Combating Financial Crime The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

General Insurance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
CII Award in Insurance Chartered Insurance Institute
CII Certificate in Insurance Chartered Insurance Institute
CII Diploma in Insurance Chartered Insurance Institute
CII Advanced Diploma in Insurance Chartered Insurance Institute
Level 3 Certificate in Long-Term Care Insurance (CeLTCI®) ifs School of Finance
Level 3 Certificate of Regulated General Insurance (CeRGI®) ifs School of Finance

 

Islamic Finance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Compliance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Advanced Certificate in Compliance International Compliance Association
Diploma in Compliance International Compliance Association
Award in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Anti Money Laundering
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Diploma in Anti Money Laundering International Compliance Association

Investments

Anti Money Laundering
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Diploma in Anti Money Laundering International Compliance Association

 

Compliance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Advanced Certificate in Compliance International Compliance Association
Diploma in Compliance International Compliance Association
Award in Combating Financial Crime The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Combating Financial Crime The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Award in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Financial Crime
Qualification Awarding Organisation
ICA Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention International Compliance Association

 

Investment Performance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) CFA Institute

 

Islamic Finance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

IT in Investment Operations
Qualification Awarding Organisation
IT in Investment Operations (ITIO) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Operations
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 3 Certificate for Introduction to Securities and Investment The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Operations Certificate Programme (OCP) + UK regulatory module ICMA Centre /University of Reading
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) City & Guilds
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) Edexcel
Level 2 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) EDI
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) City & Guilds
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) Edexcel
Level 3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Investment Operations pathway) EDI
Investment Accounting Diploma ICAS, SIO and Chartered Banker

Pensions

Pensions
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Level 2 Award in Pensions Essentials Pensions Management Institute
Level 3 Certificate in Pensions Essentials Pensions Management Institute
Level 3 Certificate in Pensions Administration Pensions Management Institute
Level 4 Diploma in Pensions Administration Pensions Management Institute
Level  3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Pensions Administration) City & Guilds
Level  3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Pensions Administration) Edexcel
Level  3 Certificate in Providing Financial Services (Pensions Administration) EDI

 

Compliance
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Advanced Certificate in Compliance International Compliance Association
Diploma in Compliance International Compliance Association
Award in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
Certificate in Global Financial Compliance The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment

 

Anti Money Laundering
Qualification Awarding Organisation
Diploma in Anti Money Laundering International Compliance Association

Qualifications and the FCA

In order to be able to work in a number of roles within the financial services sector you need to hold a qualification that is approved by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). These are known as Appropriate Qualifications and you can find details of these within the FCAs Training & Competency Handbook.

The FCA approves the qualifications but they are not a qualifications provider. There are many qualification providers whose qualifications are approved by the FCA and as a result if you want to have a more detailed conversation about the content of each of the qualifications, when and where you can sit them and how much they will cost etc, you will need to contact the relevant provider known as an Awarding Body. The name of the awarding body is included in the FCA qualifications table reference above.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification is an umbrella qualification that enables learners to access the breadth and depth of a flexible curriculum.

Learners will achieve the Welsh Baccalaureate Core Certificate at Foundation, Intermediate or Advanced levels providing that they satisfy the core curriculum requirements. Learners who achieve the Welsh Baccalaureate Core Certificate and Options requirements at the relevant levels, will be awarded the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced, Intermediate or Foundation Diplomas.