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Level 4 Diploma in Mortgage Advice and Practice (DipMAP®)

  • Overview
  • Cost
  • Units
  • Studying
  • Assessment
  • Registration
  • Progression


The Diploma in Mortgage Advice and Practice (DipMAP®) 600/0149/5 is a QCF* Level 4 qualification for individuals who wish to gain a higher level of skills and knowledge for mortgage advice and demonstrate their commitment to continual learning.

DipMAP® enables mortgage professionals to set themselves apart from their peers and go beyond the basic Level 3 qualification requirement. It demonstrates to clients and employers that holders have an enriched understanding of the broader financial services environment and the residential lending sector in the interests of providing high quality, ethical advice to consumers.

Applicants are required to hold the QCF Level 3 Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP®), or an equivalent qualification.

Studying DipMAP® will give you a thorough understanding of:

  • the financial institutions and the different types of service they provide
  • the functions and importance of the main components of themonetary and financial system
  • the concept and nature of risk and how to evaluate factors in the advice process
  • various tax considerations that need to be taken into account when making a recommendation for a client
  • the FCA's approach to ethical and unethical behaviours and the Code of Ethics

Key facts:

  • DipMAP® can be completed in 9 months
  • Students receive comprehensive distance-learning support
  • Includes case-study-based learning
  • The assessment includes a multiple-choice examination with results provided on the day
  • DipMAP® is formally recognised as an appropriate qualification by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Upon successful completion you can use the letters 'DipMAP' after your name

Please refer to the 'Studying' tab to view registration and examination dates.

Important Qualification Related Information


Registration fee
Includes learning materials and initial examination entry


Examination resit fee

£132.00 per assessment

Deferral fee
£132.00 per assessment

* Bursaries are available to eligible students.


DipMAP® consists of two mandatory units:

Module Units Details Syllabus
DipMAP® Unit 1: Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics (FSRE) Y/601/2801 The FSRE unit explores the financial services environment and the key components of the financial system. The unit focuses on the the regulatory framework and develops the learners' understanding of the importance of the concept of risk. The unit also focuses on the legal concepts relevant to financial advice. The unit also develops students' understanding of the Code of Ethics.

View the FSRE aims, learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Unit 2: Advanced Mortgage Advice (AMA) F/506/8916 The AMA unit considers the commercial and regulatory environment, products, services and legislation that inform the mortgage advice process. AMA develops an understanding of the importance of consumer oriented advice, sound communication and appropriate ethical behaviours through the practical application of accumulated knowledge and skills.

View the AMA aims, learning outcomes and assessment criteria


It is recommended that you spend 370 learning hours of study time on DipMAP®. The complete course is achievable in 9 months.

DipMAP Study Timetable 2015

DipMAP Study Timetable 2016

You will be provided with comprehensive core learning resources in addition to support through a variety of resources, including:

  • a learner handbook, covering key qualification features and study technique
  • an analysis tool to confirm your existing knowledge and identify potential gaps
  • an online learner forum, providing access to tutor support and discussion with fellow learners
  • a comprehensive core study manual, including formative learning exercises at topic level
  • further reading references
  • specimen assessments and guide to assessment technique

Please note that in order to reflect any changes to syllabuses, including matters arising from the annual budget, the study materials for some units are updated annually. It is your responsibility to ensure you are studying from the most up-to-date materials. The most up-to-date learning materials, updates and amendments can be found on my ifslearning.

Please be aware when selecting your preferred study session using the timetables above that fees are payable if you wish to change your DipMAP® Unit two: Advanced Mortgage Advice (AMA) examination date after registration.


Unit 1 - Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics (FSRE)

FSRE is assessed by a 2-hour objective test comprising 100 multiple-choice questions.
The FSRE objective test is available at over 150 Pearson VUE test centres nationwide with the result provided on the day.

Unit 2 - Advanced Mortgage Advice (AMA)

AMA is assessed by a 3-hour written examination with three elements: a recommendation in response to a pre-released customer 'fact-find' a report requiring explanation of a mortgage concept or technical issue, and a short question and answer section.

View AMA examination venues.


By phone - call Student and Customer Services on +44 (0) 1227 818609. Please have your VISA / MasterCard / debit card to hand when you call.

By post / email - download and complete the registration form. You will need to have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view this file - you can download this programme for free from the Adobe website. When you have completed the form either send it to the address stated on the form or by email.


Membership of the Institute of Financial Services includes access to benefits that help you to maintain your skills and knowledge, as well as supporting your career ambitions. It costs £72 per annum and can be paid monthly by Direct Debit at no extra cost.

Apply for membership


The FSRE unit of DipMAP® is shared with the QCF Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA®) which allows for transfer of credit for this unit should you already hold DipFA®.

Alternatively, successful completion of DipMAP® will allow you to claim credit for the FSRE unit in DipFA® should you be interested in further developing your competence in financial advice.

If you wish to take up further study with ifs University College, a DipMAP® holder can proceed, with credit, to the Professional Certificate in Banking (PCertB®). Additionally you may consider other ifs Level 4 qualifications such as the Diploma in Retail Banking Conduct of Business (DipRBCB®).