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Certified Practitioner in Specialist Property Finance (CPSP)

Professional qualifications

Level 3 Certified Practitioner in Specialist Property Finance (CPSP)

Learn to advise on commercial lending, buy-to-let, bridging loans and development finance, so that you can broker deals for clients in this specialist market.


About the training programme

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 Association of Short Term Mortgage Lenders (ASTL) – 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 a digital badge so that you can easily demonstrate your professional expertise.

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Your studies will cover

  • Lending structures and different loans
  • Regulation including Consumer Duty
  • Bridging loans
  • Development finance
  • Commercial mortgages
  • Buy-to-let mortgages


How much does it cost? £250
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.
When to apply? Course starts in January 2023 but you can register your interest to be notified once the course is open
Number of modules One unit
Average time to complete
Six months - but you have up to 12 months from registration to complete
 Study type Everything is online, you can study at a pace that suits you
Study material

As part of your fee, you’ll get:

  • 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
  • digital specimen paper
You will be learning on our new VLE Brightspace, click on the logo to find out more.

Assessment type 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.


CPSP has one unit which you will need to complete to get the certificate.

Specialist Property Finance

The unit analyses the market, its participants, process, associated costs and regulatory requirements in a largely unregulated sector.

It explores the processes required to manage the relationship between, lender, intermediary and consumer.

Through this, it will examine your understanding of the process of structuring and presenting proposals with due regard for best customer outcome.


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 and have 12 months from when you register, to complete the unit and assessment.

You can take the exam when and where it suits you – either in your own home, place of work, or at any of the 150 Pearson VUE test centres across the UK. You can decide whether you want centre based delivery or remote invigilation when you register for the examination.

Exam and assessment information

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