Level 5 Professionalism, Conduct and Ethics (5PCE)

Professional qualifications

Level 5 Professionalism, Conduct and Ethics (5PCE)

The Level 5 Professionalism, Conduct and Ethics (5PCE) qualification has been designed to provide a recognised qualification for financial services employees to demonstrate professionalism and understand how ethical issues affect decision-making and compliance with FCA rules and regulation.

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This qualification is now closed for new students to register online. However, if you’re an existing banking student and you wish to register, you will have until April 2025 complete your studies.If you have any questions or would like to register, please contact our customer services team on 01227 818609 or email customerservices@libf.ac.uk.

About the qualification

Level 5 Professionalism, Conduct and Ethics highlights the importance of ethical thinking, theory and practice within the financial services industry. Focusing on the individual, it considers personal professionalism and the application of conduct rules within a working environment.

In order to highlight the importance of these topics in today’s banking and financial services, 5PCE  is a mandatory qualification within The London Institute of Banking & Finance’s Professional Qualifications Framework.

The Level 5 Professionalism, Conduct and Ethics qualification is registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Key information

  • This qualification is online and you will follow a structured timetable.
  • Comprehensive study materials are provided
  • Assessed through a coursework assignment
  • The price includes study materials and exam entry.
  • Once you’ve passed you’ll receive a digital certificate. A paper copy can also be ordered for an additional fee.


5PCE consists of one mandatory unit.

Unit 1 - Professionalism, Conduct, Ethics and the Individual (PCEI)


The unit explores personal professionalism, professional identity and accountability in the finance sector. It covers the significance of ethics and ethical decision-making and highlights how professionalism can drive behaviours.

Studying and Study sessions

Study texts are included in your registration fee. Online study texts will be made available immediately after payment. The study text contains review questions and activities to support your learning.

The following online materials are also included in your registration fee and are available immediately after registration:

  • specimen coursework
  • unit syllabuses
  • webinar / e-quizzes
  • tutor-led forum 
  • study plan

This qualification is typically completed in five months.

Details Date 
 Registration deadline   10 June 2024 
 Course start date   17 June 2024 
 Coursework deadline   21 October 2024  

Details Date 
 Registration deadline   15 January 2024 
 Course start date   22 January 2024 
 Coursework deadline   28 May 2024  


5PCE is assessed by coursework submitted electronically through the course site.


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