Apprenticeship Programme

Paraplanner Apprenticeship Programme

The financial services industry is continually evolving, which is why people rely on the expertise of financial advisers to help them manage their money.

Paraplanners are relied upon to assist financial advisers in researching, analysing and preparing compliant financial reports for clients that verify the recommendations and follow the company investment philosophy.

Why become a paraplanner?

Once you’re qualified, you’ll be on a path for a highly rewarding career, helping people achieve their financial goals.

As the regulatory aspects within the advice process have become more challenging, paraplanners have become integral to the advice process, providing efficiency by focusing on crucial non-client facing tasks.

Where your career takes you, is within your control. Operating in a highly regulated environment, you’ll be challenged with remaining at the forefront of industry advances, and you’ll have a life-long passion for professional development.

You may choose to develop into a senior paraplanner, requiring a broader level of industry experience, with strategic input and a more extensive range of technical knowledge supported by further qualification. Or, you may decide to become a qualified financial adviser.



Entry requirements

Qualifications: 5 GCSE’s A-C Grades (Including Maths and English)

Criteria: Be an EEA Citizen and have been ordinarily resident within an EEA country for the previous 3 years (as at the first day of the apprenticeship)

Age Eligibility: 16 – 65

Job Role: Be in paid employment for 30 hours per week minimum


Course overview

Qualification: CII’s Level 4 Certificate in Paraplanning

Duration: 18 Months

Assessment: Three exam modules, one coursework assignment, case study and portfolio of evidence


Costs and funding

All our apprenticeships are up 95% funded.

The funding covers the cost for NMBA to deliver the training in line with the relevant apprenticeship standard and does not include the salary or wage of your employee.

How to apply

We are currently closed to new applications as all our courses are full. However, if you’d like to be notified when a new course opens, please register your interest.

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I’m interested in an apprenticeship but don’t have an employer

If you’re interested in becoming an apprentice but aren’t currently employed in a relevant role, the team at NMBA can help you to find a suitable employer. At this time, the apprenticeship programme is closed to new applications. However, if you’d like to be notified when a new course opens, please register your interest.

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