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Certificate for Automotive Finance Specialists (CertAutoFS)

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Certificate for Automotive Finance Specialists (CertAutoFS)

Get formal recognition for your professionalism in a motor finance specialist role. This is the natural progression from the FLA’s Specialist Automotive Finance (SAF) Expert.

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About the qualification

Ideal for those working in motor finance – you will learn the skills needed to advise and retain customers with your expertise on the different car finance products available to them.

You will develop specialist knowledge and learn how to evaluate the impact of events and changes in the industry – enabling you to adapt and better support your business as the market grows and evolves.

We have produced this qualification in collaboration with The Finance & Leasing Association and it is the only recognised qualification for motor finance specialists. If you have already completed SAF Expert, then you only have two units to complete.

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 Your studies will cover

  • The automotive finance environment
  • The costs associated with automotive finance
  • The regulatory and legislation framework within automotive finance
  • The key risks involved in automotive finance lending
  • Customer service and retention techniques
  • The skills and responsibilities of a business manager

Benefits for you

  • Qualify in nine months
  • Online study that fits around your life
  • Use the ‘CertAutoFS’ designation after your name upon completion
  • Access to research tools through KnowledgeBank and Financial World
  • Student membership for one year with additional benefits
  • Access to career support and guidance
  • Invitation to events and webinars from industry leaders
Registration fee

£295 for all units of CertAutoFS

£225 if you have a Unit 1 exemption

£195 if you have purchased the SAF Advanced Academy App*  but no Unit 1 exemption

£150 if you have purchased the SAF Advanced Academy App* and have a Unit 1 exemption 

*separate purchase of the SAF Advanced Academy App required

When to apply? Registrations open all year round
Number of units     Three
Average time to complete Six to nine months
Study type This qualification is on-demand. Everything is online and you can study at a pace that suits you. 
Study material Study texts are available online.

You will also get access to:
  • end-of-topic review questions
  • specimen exam
  • study tips video
  • syllabus updates; and
  • a weekly study planner 
You will be learning on our new VLE Brightspace, click on the logo to find out more.

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Additional study materials You can purchase the app at any time.
Assessment type Two-hour multiple-choice exam

Assessment provider Pearson VUE test centres nationwide
Regulation Registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)

















£295 for all units of CertAutoFS

£225 if you have a Unit 1 exemption

£195 if you have purchased the SAF Advanced Academy App*  but no Unit 1 exemption

£145 if you have purchased the SAF Advanced Academy App* and have a Unit 1 exemption

See Registration section for more information

*separate purchase of the SAF Advanced Academy App required

£295 for all units of CertAutoFS

£225 if you have a Unit 1 exemption

£195 if you have purchased the SAF Advanced Academy App*  but no Unit 1 exemption

£145 if you have purchased the SAF Advanced Academy App* and have a Unit 1 exemption

See Registration section for more information

*separate purchase of the SAF Advanced Academy App required

A single, two-hour online objective exam

A single, two-hour online objective exam

Your certificate will be posted to you once all units are successfully completed

Your certificate will be posted to you once all units are successfully completed












Units

If you have already completed SAF Expert, then you only have two units to complete. 

Unit 1 - The Automotive Finance Marketplace (AFM)

Gain an understanding of automotive finance in the UK by focusing on key concepts, products, processes and principles. You’ll have an appreciation of the financial implications associated with automotive finance lending, and how those costs can be calculated.

Unit 2 - UK Automotive Finance Regulation (AFR)

You’ll be introduced to the regulation and legislation that underpins the UK automotive finance industry. You will learn best practice and responsible lending and understand the need to know the customer and treat them fairly. Plus, the security and risks associated with automotive finance.

Unit 3 - Customer Service and Management in an Automotive Finance Environment (CSM)

Understand the features of different automotive finance products and how they relate to customer-specific scenarios. You’ll become familiar with different management techniques that can be used in the automotive finance environment and understand the importance of customer retention.

Download the app

The SAF Advanced Academy App is a training programme available to everyone. Whether your goal is to meet the required professional standards within your company or simply to update your knowledge, you can study flexibly and without the pressure of taking an exam. You can find out more about the app including costs. 

Register for the app

Assessment

CertAutoFS is assessed by a two-hour Pearson VUE electronic exam, split into three sections:

  • Unit 1 – 25 multiple-choice questions and one case study with five linked questions
  • Unit 2 – 40 multiple-choice questions
  • Unit 3 – 15 multiple-choice questions and three case studies with five linked questions

You will have 12 months to complete the module and sit the exam. Your first attempt is included in the qualification registration fee. If you wish to retake an exam you will need to pay a resit fee.

Find out how to book your exam

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