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Professional Qualifications Framework

In response to feedback from students and employers, we have launched a professional qualifications framework that is focused on providing firms and individuals with the skills and capability needed to perform in today’s financial services industry.

Individuals can study for qualifications that are directly relevant to their current role as well as progressing towards recognised Professional and Chartered designations as their careers develop. Delivery and assessments are flexible to fit around busy work commitments and timescales. The framework is designed to align with the apprenticeship standards in financial services.

Whether you are new to the sector, looking to enhance your technical and specialist knowledge or an experienced professional, the framework has been designed to support you throughout every career stage. Your learning will ensure you develop the knowledge, skills and competence required to excel.

Professional Qualifications Framework


Flexible for individuals

  • Focused content
  • Choice of qualifications based on need
  • Delivery and assessment fit around commitments
  • Recognition of prior qualifications and experience
  • Ongoing learning and development through our community

Flexible for companies

  • Training focused on advancing practical knowledge alongside team members’ careers
  • Supports firms and individuals to meet FCA requirements
  • Works with your in-house learning and development function
  • A consultative relationship

For more information, view the new framework or explore our qualifications in banking and finance, mortgage advice, financial advice, trade finance and other specialist areas.

Transitional Arrangements

The framework includes a suite of new qualifications in banking and finance which replace our programmes in Banking Practice & Management.    

Under the  transition phase, existing modules from these programmes are available to study with the credits counting towards the  requirement at the relevant stage (Professional and Expert). The module credits are validated within the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ). A schedule of qualification development is underway to validate these HE modules as qualifications in their own right.

Read more information on the transition phase for existing students.