The STEP Certificate for Financial Services is the only trusts and estate planning qualification to address the common ground between solicitors and those working in the financial services sector.

The combination of the Legal Services Act 2007, the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) and Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) in financial services has created new opportunities for those focusing on estate planning advice to work more closely together. 

The new regulatory framework for solicitors in England and Wales, with changes ahead in Scotland too, means that solicitors can collaborate in new ways with financial advisors. Increased competition in legal services also means that solicitors are seeking to widen their private client service offering to include investment advice. At the same time, the RDR has raised the bar with professional qualifications within the financial services sector.

If you are an investment adviser, financial planner or work in the banking sector dealing with trusts and estates and you are looking for a more integrated approach to your client work, this distance-learning qualification will help you to develop an awareness of the legal, tax and investment issues which overlap with estate planning.

‘This is a very useful course for anyone involved, or wanting to get involved, with trusts or inheritance tax planning. This is an essential course for anyone wanting to deal with accountants and solicitors in this area. The course book, and associated learning materials have become a very useful reference book which is used very frequently.’ Carl Martin, BSc (Hons), FPFS, CFPCM Consultant, Chartered Financial Planner, Carpenter Rees Limited

Once you have successfully completed the Certificate, you will be able to understand the complexity of the legal and taxation factors impacting various types of private client. This will:

  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of the legal and tax factors of estate planning
  •  Enhance your ability to deliver holistic investment and financial planning advice to clients as a ‘trusted advisor’
  • Arm you with a qualification recognised by the STEP community, a group which includes the most respected solicitors and accountants working within the fields of trust, tax and probate

The upcoming intake of the STEP Certificate for Financial Services - Trusts and Estate Planning is now open for enrolment.

View the syllabus and find out more here

The Certificate is a four-month distance-learning course delivered through an online learning platform, assessment is via a three hour-closed book examination held at a number of venues across the UK. Enrol before 12 January 2018 to sit the exam on 15 May 2018. Can't make this sitting? The next intake closes on 20 July 2018 with an exam on 6 November 2018.


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