Level 6 Financial Planning in Retirement


Professional qualifications

Level 6 Financial Planning in Retirement (FPIR)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the increasing complexities of financial planning in retirement and support your clients to achieve the retirement they want.

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About the qualification

As your client’s move through their retirement journey, their needs and circumstances will change over time. The idea of what retirement looks like is continually changing. Getting your clients to understand the need for effective retirement planning is more important than ever.

Retirement isn’t just about pensions anymore – fewer people have access to defined benefit schemes and more rely on several sources of income after retirement. Incomes from pension annuities are at an all-time low, and people are staying healthier for longer after retirement. This creates a need to plan and budget for long-term care.

FPIR will develop your knowledge and understanding across a broad range of areas relevant to later life planning – enabling you to offer advice in more areas, from pensions and inheritance tax to long-term care.

By developing your analytical skills and financial knowledge, you’ll be able to focus on your clients’ needs to ensure they have sufficient funds for their retirement goals. And because later life planning has become more complex, you need to take a holistic approach:

  • using cashflow modelling
  • encompassing all your clients’ potential revenue streams and assets, and
  • taking advantage of any available tax allowances.

To do that well, you need to able to ask difficult questions, about long-term care, health, life expectancy and funeral planning for example.

This practical course has a new assessment style – more in line with an adviser’s daily role. That means you can put into practice what you learn straight away.

You can study FPIR on its own or use it as an optional Level 6 module in the Level 6 Diploma in Financial Advice (Adv DipFA), which can lead to chartered status.

During your studies, you’ll become a Member of The London Institute of Banking & Finance (MLIBF), receiving benefits including careers support and access to professional networking events.

Your studies will cover

  • What you need to consider for retirement planning
  • Assessing your client’s needs and aspirations for when they want to retire
  • Examining your client’s current financial position
  • Understanding cashflow tools and management
  • Retirement income generation strategies from a range of pensions and investments
  • Considering the options for later life and inheritance tax (IHT) planning
  • Analysing estate planning

How much does it cost? £540 – includes study materials, assessments and exam entry
Who can study FPIR?
  • Financial advisers
  • Financial consultants
  • Paraplanners
  • Financial planners
  • Independent financial advisers (IFA’s)
  • Wealth advisers and wealth managers
  • Retail investment advisers

To study FPIR you must already hold a Level 4 Financial Advice qualification, approved by the FCA, with us or another awarding body. If you have not, please see our Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA).

If you have qualifications from us or another awarding organisation, you may be able to count them as credits towards FPIR. See our Recognition of Prior Learning policy.

Average time to complete
Five months
Number of units One
How will I be assessed? Various assessments. View the assessment section for further details

Once you’ve passed you’ll receive a digital certificate. A paper copy can also be ordered for an additional fee.
What study materials do I get?

As part of your fee, you’ll get: 

  • access to our virtual library KnowledgeBank
  • online access to all study materials
  • online access to our student portal MyLIBF
  • online student forum and group activities
  • exam papers
  • online tutor support

You will be learning on our new VLE Brightspace, click on the logo to find out more.
How will I study? Everything is online, you’ll follow a structured timetable
  • Registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)



Before you can register for the Level 6 Financial Planning in Retirement (FPIR), you must have passed the Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advice (DipFA) or an equivalent qualification that meets the current FCA retail financial advice standards. 

If you do not have this qualification then please visit our DipFA page.

Unit – Financial Planning in Retirement (FPIR)

  • Understand the need for effective financial planning in retirement
  • Evaluate clients needs, aims and objectives
  • Understand and evaluate a client’s financial position
  • Evaluate and apply suitable financial planning tools
  • Analyse various retirement income options
  • Consider the options for effective later life and IHT planning

Are you eligible for an exemption?

If you have qualifications from us or another awarding organisation, we may be able to count them as credits.

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You can register for one of the following study sessions throughout the year:

Details Date 
Registration deadline  22 July 2024 
Course start date  12 August 2024
Forum contribution deadline  11-20 September 2024  
Video presentation deadline 14 October 2024 
Timed assessment  12 December 2024

Details Date 
Registration deadline  20 January 2025 
Course start date  10 February 2025
Forum contribution deadline  12-21 March 2025  
Video presentation deadline 14 April 2025 
Timed assessment  12 June 2025

Details Date 
Registration deadline  21 July 2025 
Course start date  11 August 2025
Forum contribution deadline  10-19 September 2025  
Video presentation deadline 13 October 2025 
Timed assessment date  10 December 2025


There are three different types of assessments.

1. Forum contribution
You’re required to contribute to activities assigned to you and post your responses in the online forum.

2. Video presentation
You’ll be provided, in advance, with a case study based on a client’s query to analyse and record your findings in a video presentation. 

3. Timed assessment
You’ll receive a pre-released case study followed by a series of questions. On a set date and time, you’ll have four hours to complete the assessment.

You will follow the structured timetable for the session that you register for. All assessments are included in your registration fee. Resit prices are listed in the fees section.


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