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1. Online Training

2. Group Classroom Training

3. One-to-One Classroom Training

Online Training

Q1. Do you provide online or computer-based training?

Yes we do, through our CeMAP® Distance Learning System (computer-based) and, very importantly, this option comes with live telephone & email support throughout the period of your study. This software package has over 4,500 CeMAP® exam questions and CeFA® exam questions built in.

We understand that not everyone is able to take 5 days away from work or from the family. In these circumstances, it is generally much easier (and cheaper) to study at home, at times that fit in with your other commitments and responsibilities.

Also, for those on a tight budget, this is by far the least expensive option available anywhere in the UK, yet there is no compromise on quality.

Many choose to take this option in addition to a couple of days of one-to-one training, although this is entirely optional. The computer-based course gives you all that the classroom courses give you.

Take a look at our CEMAP TRAINING OPTIONS for full details.

Online Training

Q2. Which exam should I take first?

For those who are studying via the 5-day intensive course route, we recommend that CeMAP1® be taken before CeMAP2&3®. This is because CeMAP3® should always be taken last, as its questions are drawn from CeMAP1&2®. With intensive learning, CeMAP2&3® are done on the same 5-day intensive course, so there would be gaps in your learning if you took CeMAP2&3® first. However, if you are studying through distance learning, CeMAP2&3® are not covered together, so the best strategy is to take CeMAP2® first, then CeMAP1® and finally CeMAP3®.

Online Training

Q3. How much would this cost?

Considering the training cost, although most people recognise this to be a very valuable investment rather than an expense, there is inevitably the need for some pain before we realise the gain.

The Institute of Financial Services charges £155 to register you for each of the three CeMAP® modules and their fees entitle you to the following:

  • Registration for 12 months (during which time you must take the exam)

  • A comprehensive study manual

  • The cost of the module's examination

Beyond this, we aim to keep your costs to an absolute minimum by providing CeMAP® training online courses. Clearly, with CeMAP® training online, you can avoid the travel and hotel accommodation costs that are often required with group classroom training.

There is currently no VAT to add to the cost of our CeMAP® training courses and the total cost is as follows:

  • CeMAP1® Online - £195

  • CeMAP2® Online - £195

  • CeMAP3® Online - £195 (or FREE to those who register for all 3 modules at the same time)

While some CeMAP® training companies will encourage you to pay for all their courses at once, we actively discourage this. We are confident that our customers will choose to use us for the second course because they will be entirely happy with the quality of our first course. Consequently, we recommend that our courses are paid for individually at the same time as registering for each CeMAP® module with the Institute of Financial Services. Why pay for three courses before you have satisfied yourself as to the quality of the first course?

Online Training

Q4. How can this be done at such a low cost?

It's a fair question and I'm certainly not going to ask you to mind your own business! Quite simply, because our overheads are covered by our other training division, we are able to keep our CeMAP® training division very lean and efficient. Our reduced administration costs enable us to undercut our competitors massively without compromising the quality of the service we provide. We are then able to pass on this reduction to our customers and do a higher volume of business as a consequence. Beware of the companies that would take your money and run!

Online Training

Q5. How long should this take?

You would determine this by the amount of study you put in each day, but a typical programme could be completed in 7 weeks, as follows:

Stage 1 - As soon as you're ready to take the first step towards changing your life

  • Register with us for our CeMAP1® training course - Cost - £195

  • Register with the IFS for the CeMAP1® exam - IFS Cost £155

  • Complete our CeMAP1® online training course

  • Book your CeMAP1® exam to take place within 5 days of completing the course 

  • Pass the CeMAP1® examination

  • Typical timeframe: 3 weeks

Stage 2 - As soon as you've passed CeMAP1®

  • Register with us for our CeMAP2® training course - Cost £195

  • Register with the IFS for CeMAP® Module 2 - IFS Cost £155

  • Complete our CeMAP2® online training course

  • Book your CeMAP2® exam to take place within 5 days of completing the course

  • Typical timeframe: 3 weeks

Stage 3 - As soon as you've passed CeMAP2®

  • Register with us for our CeMAP3® training course - Cost £195 (or FREE to those who register for all 3 modules at the same time)

  • Register with the IFS for CeMAP® Module 3 - IFS Cost £155

  • Complete our CeMAP3® online training course

  • Book your CeMAP3® exam to take place within 5 days of completing the course

  • Typical timeframe: 1 week

Note: The CeMAP3® examination is designed to test your ability to apply the knowledge learned in CeMAP1&2® by answering 10 questions on each of six individual case studies. This is the reason that CeMAP3® MUST be taken AFTER CeMAP1&2® have been passed. Our CeMAP3® online course prepares you for the case study format and, since our delegates have already passed CeMAP1&2® before taking CeMAP3®, the CeMAP3® online course is much shorter than the courses for CeMAP1&2®.

If you would like to register your interest in our company, please make yourself known by any of the methods shown on our CONTACT US page.

Online Training

Q6. I am a complete beginner. Will the courses be beyond me?

Our CeMAP® training online courses are designed for complete beginners. In fact, it is often the experienced person who finds CeMAP® courses more challenging because s/he has to effectively forget what they know to be true in their own companies, while concentrating on what happens in CeMAP® world, where the knowledge is often very general.

Online Training

Q7. I have a poor credit record. Will I be able to register with the FSA as a mortgage adviser?

Once you have completed your CeMAP® training, you can either become directly authorised with the FSA or you can become a representative of a network that is authorised by the FSA. If you choose the second option, as most newly qualified individuals do, you can choose to be either employed by the network, or to remain self-employed and associated with the network.

Although a poor credit record can make it more difficult to become directly authorised with the FSA, there would be no difficulty finding a network that would accept you with a poor credit rating. In any event, we will help you to find the right placement when you have the full CeMAP® qualification - that's part of our service and it is provided free of charge.

Online Training

Q8. Where will the training courses be held?

Clearly, if you choose online training, everything is done in the comfort of your own home, at times that suit you and that fit in with your other commitments.

Online Training

Q9. Will I be able to get help if I'm unsure about anything?

Yes, of course. Online training only works effectively if it is provided with top quality support. Once you are registered with us, you will have access to telephone and email support throughout the period of your study with us.

Online Training

Q10. Can you help with placement after I have passed the CeMAP® exams?

Yes we can. Again, it's a free part of our service for those who want to take advantage of it. We would discuss your preferred route with you before you even register with us. By doing this, you have a good idea of where you are heading as soon as your exams are passed. With many years experience in the financial sector, we can introduce you to top quality, trustworthy networks and give you full advice on how to find your clients and complete your business.

Online Training

Q11. How does the course registration process work?

Step 1 - Initial Contact.

You contact us to express your initial interest in CeMAP® training.

Step 2 - Initial Conversation.

We will ask our Head of Training to speak with you to answer any initial questions you may have.

Step 3 - Registration.

When you are happy to proceed, we will ask you to formally register by selecting and making payment for your first course.

Step 4 - Acknowledgement & Utility Download.

As soon as your payment has cleared, we will write to acknowledge receipt of your Course Fee and we will give you instructions on how to download our computer-based learning utility.

Step 5 - Training.

You work at times to suit you, fitting in with your family responsibilities and work commitments. There are no other requirements. There is no dress code while you are sat at home studying. The course is fully structured and your tutor is available to answer your questions throughout your whole study period. Buy an extra jar of coffee!!!

If you would like to register your interest in our company, please make yourself known by any of the methods shown on our CONTACT US page.

Alternatively, you can explore our other TRAINING OPTIONS to see if we have a better alternative to suit you.

Group Classroom Training

1. Which exam should I take first?

There are several CeMAP® training companies that recommend CeMAP2&3® be taken before CeMAP1®. The reasons they give are various and creative, the most common being that, since they consider CeMAP1® to be the toughest of the three examinations, anyone who struggles with the CeMAP1® exam would be less likely to quit if they had already achieved passes on CeMAP2&3®. While this is certainly true for some people, this detail helps to mask the fact that those companies would prefer that nobody took the decision to quit until after they have paid for all the company's CeMAP® courses.

What is our view? If taught correctly and skillfully, CeMAP1® should be no more difficult than CeMAP2® or CeMAP3®. If, after testing the water, anyone decides that the mortgage world is not for them, we believe they should have the option to change their minds with minimum financial loss. Although we can accommodate anyone who wants to take CeMAP2&3® first, we would recommend that CeMAP1® be taken first.

Group Classroom Training

2. How much would this cost?

Although most people recognise this to be a very valuable investment rather than an expense, there is inevitably the need for some pain before CeMAP training courses we realise the gain.

The Institute of Financial Services charges £155 to register you for each of the three CeMAP® modules and their fees entitle you to the following:

  • Registration for 12 months (during which time you must take the exam)

  • A comprehensive study manual

  • The cost of the module's examination

Beyond this, we aim to keep your costs to an absolute minimum by conducting our intensive CeMAP® training courses within purpose built meeting rooms at selected hotels located throughout the UK. Clearly, if we can bring our CeMAP® training courses to your doorstep, you can avoid any unnecessary travel and hotel accommodation costs.

Included in the cost of each of our courses is all of the following:

  • All course materials, including Course Notes & Mock Test manuals

  • Tea & coffee facilities on arrival and again during the regular breaks

There is currently no VAT to add to the cost of our CeMAP® training courses and the total cost is as follows:

  • CeMAP1® - £495 for 5 days intensive training

  • CeMAP2® - £395 for 4 days intensive training

  • CeMAP3® - £100 for 1 day intensive training

While some CeMAP® training companies will encourage you to pay for all their courses at once, we actively discourage this. We are confident that our customers will choose to use us for the second course because they were entirely happy with the quality of our first course. Consequently, we recommend that our courses are paid for individually at the same time as registering for each CeMAP® module with the Institute of Financial Services. Why pay for three courses before you have satisfied yourself as to the quality of the first course?

Group Classroom Training

3. How long should this take?

A typical programme would be as follows:

Stage 1

As soon as you're ready to take the first step towards changing your life:

  • Register for our CeMAP1® training course - Cost - £495

  • Register with the IFS for CeMAP1® and book your CeMAP1® exam - IFS Cost £155

  • Attend our 5-day CeMAP1® training course

  • Pass the CeMAP1® examination within 10 days after the course

Stage 2

As soon as you've passed CeMAP1®:

  • Register for our combined CeMAP2&3® training course - Cost £495

  • Register with the IFS for CeMAP® Modules 2 & 3, booking your CeMAP2® exam to take place within 7 days and booking your CeMAP3® exam to take place within 14 days of our training course - IFS Cost £300

  • Attend our 5-day combined CeMAP2&3® training course

  • Pass the CeMAP2® examination within 7 days

  • Pass the CeMAP3® examination within 14 days

Our training days run from 09:00 to 17:00, with the CeMAP1® course being 5 consecutive days, Monday to Friday. Our CeMAP2® course runs from Monday to Thursday and is immediately followed by the CeMAP3® course on the Friday of the same week. Doing CeMAP2&3® in the same week is recommended because, although the CeMAP2® and CeMAP3® examinations test exactly the same knowledge, the question format for CeMAP3® is entirely different to that for CeMAP2® and this requires a very different approach and is best covered while the knowledge is still fresh.

If you would like to register your interest in our company, please make yourself known by any of the methods shown on our CONTACT US page.

Group Classroom Training

4. Why do you take 5 days when others can offer CeMAP® training in 2 days?

Beware of false prophets! There are CeMAP® training companies currently offering 2-day training courses and some of these quite correctly and clearly advertise these as revision courses. Sadly, there are other companies that fail to make this clear.

To complement our CeMAP® Training Online courses, we provide 3 days dedicated one-to-one training.

Having taught CeMAP® since its inception in the late 90s, I can assure you that nobody can teach CeMAP® in a shorter period than we allocate to our courses unless they are either cutting corners or relying on the delegate to have completed a significant period of self study before attending the course.

Although it doesn't hurt to do some studying of the IFS material before attending our courses, it is not at all necessary and we assume that no study has taken place before attending. Most of our delegates report the difficulty of trying to learn from the IFS manual alone. The quantity of content alone can be totally overpowering to all but those who have previous experience at learning from such sources.

A significant proportion of our delegates had achieved exam passes with our courses before they had even received their manuals from the Institute of Financial Services.

Group Classroom Training

5. How can this be done at such a low cost?

It's a fair question and I'm certainly not going to ask you to mind your own business! Quite simply, because our overheads are covered by our other training division, we are able to keep our CeMAP® training division very lean and efficient. Our reduced administration costs enable us to undercut our competitors without compromising the quality of the service we provide. We are then able to pass on this reduction to our customers and do a higher volume of business as a consequence. Beware of the companies that would take your money and run!

Group Classroom Training

Q6. How does the course registration process work?

Step 1 - Initial Contact.

You contact us to express your initial interest in CeMAP® training.

Step 2 - Initial Conversation.

We will ask our Head of Training to speak with you to answer any initial questions you may have.

Step 3 - Registration.

When you are happy to proceed, we will ask you to formally register by selecting and making payment for your first course.

Step 4 - Acknowledgement & Formal Invitation.

As soon as your payment has cleared, we will write to acknowledge receipt of your Course Fee and we will send you our formal course joining instructions.

Step 5 - Training.

Apart from bringing a clear head with you, there are no other requirements. There is no dress code for course delegates because we want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout the week. The course is fully structured, so you can let your course tutor drive the process forward while you sit back and enjoy the journey.

If you would like to register your interest in our company, please make yourself known by any of the methods shown on our CONTACT US page.

Alternatively, you can explore our other TRAINING OPTIONS to see if we have a better alternative to suit you.

One to One Classroom Training

Q1. Do you offer one-to-one training?

Yes we do, through our CeMAP® Training Online (computer-based) system. We understand that, although our training groups are no larger than 10 delegates, not everyone is suited to learning in a group. Clearly, with one-to-one or very small group coaching, we don't have the economies of scale that we would have with our usual group size of between 6 and 10 delegates. Take a look at our CEMAP TRAINING METHODS . They can save you a lot of money and you could become qualified in a shorter time.

One to One Classroom Training

Q2. Which exam should I take first?

There are several CeMAP® training companies that recommend CeMAP2&3® be taken before CeMAP1®. The reasons they give are various and creative, the most common being that, since they consider CeMAP1® to be the toughest of the three examinations, anyone who struggles with the CeMAP1® exam would be less likely to quit if they had already achieved passes on CeMAP2&3®. While this is certainly true for some people, this detail helps to mask the fact that those companies would prefer that nobody took the decision to quit until after they have paid for all the company's CeMAP® courses.

What is our view? If taught correctly and skillfully, CeMAP1® should be no more difficult than CeMAP2® or CeMAP3®. If, after testing the water, anyone decides that the mortgage world is not for them, we believe they should have the option to change their minds with minimum financial loss. Although we can accommodate anyone who wants to take CeMAP2&3® first, we would recommend that CeMAP1® be taken first.

One to One Classroom Training

Q3. I am a complete beginner. Will the courses be beyond me?

Our CeMAP® courses are designed for complete beginners. In fact, it is often the experienced person who finds the courses more challenging because s/he has to effectively forget what they know to be true in the real world, while concentrating on what happens in CeMAP® world.

One to One Classroom Training

Q4. I have a poor credit record. Will I be able to register with the FSA as a mortgage adviser?

Once you have completed your CeMAP® training, you can either become directly authorised with the FSA or you can become a representative of a network that is authorised by the FSA. If you choose the second option, as most newly qualified individuals do, you can choose to be either employed by the network, or to remain self-employed and associated with the network.

Although a poor credit record can make it more difficult to become directly authorised with the FSA, there would be no difficulty finding a network that would accept you with a poor credit rating. In any event, we will help you to find the right placement when you have the full CeMAP® qualification - that's part of our service and it is provided free of charge.

One to One Classroom Training

Q5. Where will the training courses be held?

This is determined by you and by the number of other delegates available to attend in your preferred region. We are happy to conduct courses for groups of between 6 and 10 delegates and we will conduct training courses in most regions very regularly. If you would like to express your interest in a particular region's courses, just give us a call and we'll let you know what we have scheduled.

One to One Classroom Training

Q6. Can you help with placement after I pass the exams?

Yes we can. Again, it's a free part of our service for those who want to take advantage of it. We would discuss your preferred route with you before you even register with us. By doing this, you have a good idea of where you are heading as soon as your exams are passed. With many years experience in the financial sector, we can introduce you to top quality, trustworthy networks and give you full advice on how to find your clients and complete your business. We also provide one-to-one training and / or online (computer-based) training.

One to One Classroom Training

Q7. How does the course registration process work?

Step 1 - Initial Contact.

You contact us to express your initial interest in CeMAP® training.

Step 2 - Initial Conversation.

We will ask our Head of Training to speak with you to answer any initial questions you may have.

Step 3 - Registration.

When you are happy to proceed, we will ask you to formally register by selecting and making payment for your first course.

Step 4 - Acknowledgement & Formal Invitation.

As soon as your payment has cleared, we will write to acknowledge receipt of your Course Fee and we will send you our formal course joining instructions.

Step 5 - Training.

Apart from bringing a clear head with you, there are no other requirements. There is no dress code for course delegates because we want you to be as comfortable as possible throughout the week. The course is fully structured, so you can let your course tutor drive the process forward while you sit back and enjoy the journey.

If you would like to register your interest in our company, please make yourself known by any of the methods shown on our CONTACT US page.

Alternatively, you can explore our other TRAINING OPTIONS to see if we have a better alternative to suit you.

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