This Policy Statement sets out the final, updated appropriate exam standards (AES) for appropriate qualifications listed in the FCA's training and competence sourcebook.
Our training and competence regime helps to protect consumers by making sure that staff working in financial services are appropriately qualified and well regulated. In September 2016 we published CP16/24, setting out proposals for revising the AES to reflect relevant developments since they were last reviewed.
This Policy Statement provides feedback on responses to CP16/24 ‘Review of the FCA’s appropriate qualification exam standards’. It sets out the final, updated appropriate exam standards (AES) for appropriate qualifications listed in the FCA’s Training and Competence Sourcebook. It also sets out guidance clarifying how to read and use the appropriate qualification table. We also provide our feedback on responses to our question on whether to develop an additional equity release qualification.
Who this applies to
This Policy Statement will be of particular interest to those organisations, such as the Accredited Bodies, providing appropriate qualifications to the UK financial services industry. It may also be of interest to:
- firms and their employees who are required to have appropriate qualifications listed in our training and competence sourcebook
- prospective firms, employees or students who may be required to have appropriate qualifications