The Accredited Product Adviser (APA) designation meets the Central Bank’s Minimum Competency Code (MCC) requirements for selling and advising on certain retail financial products set out in the Code.
To be awarded an APA designation by LIA, you must register for and successfully complete a two module educational programme offered by LIA’s academic education partner, the Institute of Banking which is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD). Those who successfully complete this programme are awarded the Professional Certificate in Financial Advice by UCD – a 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) qualification at level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications.
Once you are awarded your Professional Certificate in Financial Advice, you may apply to LIA for your first APA designation.
By gaining APAs in key financial service areas you will be equipped to:
Going through the course process with LIA and becoming qualified in the key areas of my business has given me a huge confidence boost when dealing with clients on the phone and in person. As my confidence and knowledge has grown, there has been a clear development in all aspects of my day-to-day job.
APA designations are stepping stones, as well as incremental credentials that meet MCC, on your way to the full QFA designation, joining over 20,000 QFAs in Ireland. You can obtain one or more APA designation(s)* by completing QFA Regulation and one or more of :