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Financial services Level 3 Certified Practitioner in Specialist Property Finance (CPSP)

Level 3 Certified Practitioner in Specialist Property Finance (CPSP)

When the economy’s in flux, landlords and investors depend on solid advice from brokers.

So we’ve worked with the experts – the Financial Intermediary and Broker Association (FIBA) and Bridging and Development Lenders Association (BDLA) – to devise training that will raise standards.

CPSP will consolidate and build your specialist property finance skills and knowledge, to help you work more effectively with brokers, lenders, solicitors and valuers.

You'll discover:

  • more about lender, broker and customer relationships

  • how to analyse lending propositions and structure suitable solutions and exit strategies

  • more about regulatory, compliance and fundamental business practices.

And once you’ve passed the exam, you’ll be awarded with a digital badge and a digital certificate so that you can easily demonstrate your professional expertise.

While studying with us, you’ll become a Member of LIBF (MLIBF), receiving benefits including careers support and access to professional networking events.

Developed in association with:

  • The Bridging and Development Lenders Association (BDLA)

  • Financial Intermediary & Broker Association (FIBA)

Key information


  • £250

Study duration

  • Six months – but you have up to 12 months from registration to complete.


  • One

What your studies will cover

  • Lending structures and different loans

  • Regulation including Consumer Duty

  • Bridging loans

  • Development finance

  • Commercial mortgages

  • Buy-to-let mortgages

When to apply

  • You can register to study CPSP throughout the year.

Study type

  • Everything is online, you can study at a pace that suits you.



Your qualification at a glance


Assessment is made via multiple-choice exam. See the assessment section for further details.

You can take your exam at a test centre or at home with remote invigilation.

Who should consider CPSP?

This training programme will help you if you are:

  • new to the specialist property finance industry

  • joining a commercial lender with little or no experience in commercial property and bridging finance

  • experienced in commercial finance but would like to become a broker.

Study materials

Included in your fee, you’ll get the following study materials:

  • access to our learning platform, Brightspace

  • core learning materials, including videos, quizzes and other interactive activities

  • online access to our student portal, MyLIBF

  • online access to our virtual library, KnowledgeBank

  • study planner

  • syllabus updates.

Additional study materials

You can purchase the following additional study materials:

  • specimen exam paper.


CPSP has one unit which you need to complete to get the digital badge.


You’ll be assessed in a two-hour multiple-choice exam with:

  • a set of multiple choice questions (50 marks), and

  • four case studies, with five multiple-choice questions linked to each case study (20 marks).

You need to achieve at least 70% to pass. You have 12 months from when you get access to the course material to complete the unit and assessment.

You can choose when to take your exam and pick from test centres nationwide or take the exam through remote invigilation. You can decide whether you want centre-based delivery or remote invigilation when you register for the examination.

Exam and assessment information

Digital badge

A digital badge is more than an online indicator of accreditation. It’s a guarantee of your professional standing that gives customers confidence in your professionalism.

A digital badge is an eye-catching, visual indicator of achievement – awarded free of charge when you earn a professional designation – that you can add to your online presence and marketing materials.


You can register to study CPSP throughout the year.

You can also call our Customer Services team on +44 (0) 1227 818 609 or talk to them on live chat.

Registration fee
Initial fee


Additional costs

Corporate bookings

If you are a company and want to register a cohort of students please email corporate@libf.ac.uk for further information.

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Contact us about our professional qualifications

If you have any questions about our professional qualifications in finance and banking, please contact our customer services team.

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