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Basic things you need to know about CeMAP courses
To those who may be less familiar, the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) is a qualification offered by the Institute of Financial Services (IFS). The CeMAP meets the requirements identified by the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) and is accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), and incorporated into the National Qualifications Framework at level 3.
Most importantly: it is recognized by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) as an appropriate qualification. It is only to be expected that more and more people want to obtain the CeMAP qualification and enter their careers as mortgage advisers.
This CeMAP qualification is a basic prerequisite for those wishing to carve out a career in mortgage advice. The CeMAP qualification has been conceived and developed with the active collaboration of the Council of Mortgage Lenders.
CeMAP comprises of three modules: Modules 1 and 2 are specially tailored to provide intending candidates with the knowledge and professional understanding they would require to function as mortgage advisors. Module 3 consists of objective type of questions and is aimed at testing the candidates’ ability to apply the knowledge gained from Modules 1 and 2.
There is no denying that passing CeMAP exams is quite tough as students must obtain a minimum of 70% in each unit of the 3 modules. If students fail to get 70% in any unit/s within a module they have no choice except to reappear for the exams. The CeMAP grades are - Pass 70%, Merit 80% and Distinction 90%. Appearing for CeMAP program does not have any minimum educational qualification requirement and there are also no age restrictions.
There are some specialized CeMAP training courses run by professional companies, who will vigorously coach you and assist you in passing the exam. They will provide you with an intensive programme covering the fairly wide CeMAP syllabus. They will teach you all the key subjects and conduct many mock exams and give you feedback information and continuously help you improve your performance.
Some of the CeMAP training courses are designed for freshers who are totally new to the mortgage Industry. There are courses also for those who have a working experience in mortgages / finance but need extra support to pass CeMAP exams. Try to ascertain how many candidates will be on the course with you. If this number exceeds 12 then you can be sure that this type of training company may have a lot of candidates who had appeared earlier appeared for CeMAP exams and failed. It may be unwise to choose this company whose success rate is obviously low.
Opt for training courses with companies that have a batch of not more than eight students. You can also select companies that will help place you in full time employed/self-employed positions up on obtaining your CeMAP qualification. There are aspirants who wonder whether CeMAP qualification is essential. Under FSA rules it is compulsory to have a full CeMAP qualification if you wish to give advice on mortgages. The latest ruling is no one is allowed to give advice if he / she are not CeMAP qualified.
In the light of this ruling, there is a great demand for CeMAP qualified people. Today CeMAP can offer a rewarding career as a mortgage advisor and the future prospects are indeed promising.
All course costs include all training books, IFS mock exam papers and revision guides, and e-mail support.
Our home study course is one of the most comprehensive and best value available in the the UK. Contact us now on CeMAP@hernegroup.com for more information.