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Financial services Diploma in Paraplanning (DipPP)

This qualification is being withdrawn and the last date to register is 5 August 2024, for the course start date of 12 August 2024.

Diploma in Paraplanning (DipPP)

The role of a paraplanner is rapidly changing – becoming increasingly technical and demanding.

DipPP will give you the knowledge and skills you need to meet new challenges in paraplanning and demonstrate your professional expertise.

Your studies will cover the purpose and nature of different financial products, as well as the ethical issues, regulation and the legal framework underpinning the industry.

You’ll discover more about how consumers are affected by socio-economic factors and taxation. This will enable you to provide detailed research proposals for a financial adviser to present to their client.

DipPP will give you a solid foundation to advance your career in financial services and expand your career opportunities.

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

How will I study?

Everything is online, and you’ll follow a structured timetable.

Key information


Full qualification (PARA and FSRE)

  • £1,125 with tutor support

  • £1,005 without tutor support

PARA only

  • £805 with tutor support

  • £685 without tutor support

The price includes study materials and exam entry.

Study duration

Nine months


  • Two

What your studies will cover

  • The UK financial services industry in its European and global context

  • The Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) responsibilities and approach to regulation

  • The different types of risk and how they relate to institutions and individuals

  • Ethical, legal and vulnerability considerations.

  • The impact of taxation on investments and other recommended solutions

  • The skills you need to produce a suitability report

Your qualification at a glance


Exams and coursework. View the assessment section for further details.

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

Once you’ve passed you’ll receive a digital certificate. A paper copy can also be ordered for an additional fee.


Registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Meets the Financial Conduct Authority's (FCA) examination standards.

Module information

If you have already completed DipFA or an equivalent Level 4 financial advice qualification, you can study the PARA unit on its own and achieve the DipPP designation.

Are you eligible for an exemption?

If you have qualifications from us or another awarding body, we may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning.

What study materials do I get?

As part of your fee, you’ll get:

  • access to our learning platform, Brightspace

  • new digital learning resources such as videos, animated case studies mathematical exercises and knowledge quizzes

  • access to our virtual library KnowledgeBank

  • online access to our student portal, MyLIBF

  • printed textbook

  • specimen papers

  • coursework exemplars

  • chief Examiner reports

  • tax table

  • weekly study planner.

Additional study materials

Tutor Support

  • For Module 1, all students will have access to a tutor-supported online forum.

  • For Unit 2, if you select the 'with tutor support' option for Unit 2 when registering for DipPP, you will again have access to our team of experienced web tutors through an online tutor forum.

Our tutors are all experts who have worked as financial advisers. This means that as well as explaining the theory, they can show you how it translates into practice by drawing on their experience. You’ll be able to post questions to the forum about the learning or the coursework and your tutor will get back to you with a reliable and personalised response.

How much does it cost?

Students will need to register for DipPP using our online registration form and select the option ‘with tutor support’. This cost is only £100 – bringing the total cost to £1,050.

FSRE Revision Videos

If you are studying Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics (FSRE), support your learning with our FSRE revision videos.

The videos focus on the areas of the syllabus that students find more difficult. An experienced tutor breaks down the learning into smaller topics to help you digest the content more easily and providing examples to support your learning. The videos also include example questions throughout that help reinforce your learning to help you prepare and give you a taste of the exam question style.

  • The videos can be watched on any device, from anywhere in the world – as long as you have internet access – giving you the flexibility to study when and where it suits you.

  • The videos cost just £149 for the full series and access lasts for 12 months. There are just under 4 hours of video content in total. Once purchased, they will be available for you to access through your www.mylibf.com account.

To purchase the FSRE videos, simply log into your www.mylibf.com account and click on “Purchase Additional Study Support” button.


Module 1 – FSRE – recommended study time three months

This unit starts as soon as you register. Once you register, you’ll have 12 months to sit the exam. It’s recommended to sit this exam before you start the next unit.

Module 2 – PARA – recommended study time six months

Recommended study time six months. PARA has two coursework components. You can register for one of two sessions throughout the year. The sessions cover both parts of the coursework and are detailed in the tables below.


You’ll be assessed in each unit by:

  • Module 1 – a 90 question multiple-choice exam and two case studies with five multiple-choice questions each.

  • Module 2 – two pieces of coursework.

You can choose when to take your exam and pick from test centres nationwide or through remote invigilation.

Exam and assessment information


To register for the next DipPP study session, please complete the online registration form. Registrations are open all year round. 

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

Full qualification (PARA and FSRE)
With tutor support.


Prices includes study materials and exam entry.
Full qualification (PARA and FSRE)
Without tutor support


Prices includes study materials and exam entry.

PARA only

£805 with tutor support

£685 without tutor support

Additional costs

Corporate bookings

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

Request more information


If you complete the Diploma in Paraplanning (DipPP) and decide to progress to the Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA), you will be exempt from Unit 1.

If you already have the Diploma for Financial Adviser (DipFA), you can progress to our Level 6 qualifications and start your journey towards chartered status.

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