Financial Adviser scheme

Specialist Accreditation for financial advisers is specific to our Financial Adviser Associate Members. Financial Adviser candidates for specialist accreditation 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?

Financial Adviser Specialist Accreditation is open to associate members of Resolution who hold a QCF Level 4 plus AF3/G60 and 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 our members and to the general public. It is an indicator to your colleague members and to their clients, of your 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. Assistance with promotion and publicity from local regional press officers and from the Resolution Communications office.
  • A certificate and logo only available to Financial Adviser Accredited Specialists which can be used for marketing purposes.

What does it involve?

To achieve Resolution accredited status, you must pass an assessment programme which is in two parts:

  1. The Core Assignment, which is an open-book assignment in the core competencies for financial advisers. It is completed over a set weekend.
  2. Portfolio Assignments, which involve the submission of satisfactory portfolio assignments 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 will have a period of approximately eight weeks to complete the Portfolio Assignments.

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

Details of how to apply can be found within the prospectus

Dates for the next round in 2018 are as follows:

Monday 6th August Deadline to notify Central Office.

Monday 20th August Prospectus and application form sent out

Monday 10th September Deadline to return application Form

Friday 21st September Portfolio papers sent out

Friday 16th November Core papers sent out

Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th November Set weekend

Monday 19th November Deadline to return all papers

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

To register your interest, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.