The QFA is a professional designation which meets the Central Bank’s Minimum Competency Code (MCC) requirements for selling and advising on five of the eight categories of retail financial products set out in the Code.
Those undertaking this programme will gain a wide understanding of the financial services industry, as the six modules cover an extensive range of topics. The programme is ideal for anyone working in life assurance, credit unions, mortgage lending, pensions and investments.
To be awarded the QFA designation by LIA, you must register for and successfully complete a 6 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 Diploma in Financial Advice by UCD – a 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) qualification at level 7 of the National Framework of Qualifications.
Once you are awarded your Professional Diploma in Financial Advice, you may apply to LIA for your QFA designation.
Having recently completed the Professional Diploma in Financial Advice and achieving the QFA designation, it became apparent how fundamental the learnings from this course are to anyone working in the Financial Services industry today.
Each module was of great assistance to me in my day-to-day role and I’ve found that I’m using the information learned more and more to help with my clients and brokers.
The registration fee for each module starts from €325* and includes examination entry, textbook, webinars as available, and access to our online student resource Your LIA, for study supports.
*See individual module details for individual module prices.
The QFA designation is the recognised benchmark for financial advisers in Ireland. As a QFA you join a community of 16,000 financial advisers. The QFA is recognised by employers and the public as a distinctive mark of quality for those providing financial advice.