Financial Adviser scheme

Specialist Accreditation for financial advisers is specific to our Financial Adviser Associate Members. Candidates are required to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of the Resolution Code of Practice;
  • knowledge and understanding of procedure and practice, and substantive law;
  • sufficient skill, proficiency and experience in their professional role and in family finances;
  • and the ability to apply that knowledge and understanding to justify the representation of special competence to the public, the legal profession, officers of CAFCASS and appropriate public bodies such as the Legal Aid Agency and local authorities.

Who is it for?

Applications will only be accepted from current associate members of Resolution.

You must hold pension qualification at a level suitable to be given permission as a Pensions Transfer Specialist.  You do not have to be a Pensions Transfer Specialist.  Mandatory qualifications are:

  • QCF Level 4 plus AF3 or G60 or AF7 plus  AF8 or the CISI Level 6 Certificate in Pension Transfers and Planning Advice
  • A valid Statement of Professional Standing (SPS)

 For more information about the criteria, download the prospectus.

Benefits of accreditation

Resolution's Specialist Accreditation is a mark of excellence in practice, recognised by government, our members and prospective clients. representing an outstanding level of skill and expertise.

Other benefits of Accreditation include:

  • Resolution Specialist Accreditation marks you out to potential clients as a trusted expert in the field of financial advice in separation and divorce matters.
  • Marks you to Resolution members looking to refer their clients to financial advisers who are specialists.
  • Financial Adviser Accredited Specialists are identified as such on Resolution's public-facing (and member) website, enabling potential clients to search by specialism and locality, and in a directory maintained by Resolution's Central Office and accessible to the public.
  • You will receive free supplies of our Accredited Specialist leaflets and support on promotion and publicity.
  • A certificate and logo only available to Financial Adviser Accredited Specialists which can be used for marketing purposes.

How does the accreditation scheme work?

The assessment programme consists of two parts:

  1. The Core Assignment is an open-book assignment in the core competencies for financial advisers. It is completed over a set weekend.
  2. Portfolio Assignments, completed over and eight-week period, are intended to prove particular knowledge and experience in two of the following specialist areas:
  • Pensions (this is a mandatory unit)
  • Cashflow modelling and budgeting
  • Taxation and state benefits

You must pass both assignments to qualify as a Financial Adviser Accredited Specialist. You can take the assignments in the same round or separately. If you take the assignments separately, you must take and pass the Core Assignment before progressing to the Portfolio Assignments.

More information on the assignments can be found in the prospectus

How to apply

To register your interest for the 2019 round of Financial Adviser accreditation, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Details of how to apply can be found within the prospectus.  

Not a member? Please visit our membership section for more information.