European Institute of Management and Finance | CII Award in Investment Planning
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CII Award in Investment Planning

Specialist investment knowledge for the global market place


This single-unit Award is designed to help experienced advisers develop and demonstrate their knowledge of investment products. It also offers guidance on what constitutes sound professional practice, thereby providing a framework for ethical behaviour.

You may wish to enter for the Award in Investment Planning if you already have a good understanding of financial advice principles and products, gained in the workplace or by first completing the Award in Financial Planning

Upon completion, CII members are eligible to use the designation ‘CII (Award)’. Continuing Professional Development requirements apply.

What will I learn?


At the end of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • main macro-economic factors that impact upon investment returns;
  • cash deposit investments, government securities and corporate bonds;
  • equity based investment products;
  • property investment;
  • collective investment products and alternative investments;
  • the risks faced by investors and the importance of asset allocation in the investment process;
  • ethical considerations of a financial adviser.

Why the Award in Investment Planning?


  • Upon completion, CII members are eligible to use the designation ‘CII (Award)’. Continuing Professional Development requirements apply.
  • On passing the exam, you will hold one of the three Awards needed to complete the Certificate in Insurance and Financial Services.
  • Provide 10 Certificate-level credits towards completion of the CII’s higher level qualifications (subject to completion requirements and excluding the Certificate in Insurance which is subject to UK regulation).

Is the Award suitable for me?


The Award is open to anyone working in the insurance and financial services sector irrespective of educational background, although does require you to already have a good understanding of financial advice principles and products.

The Award is particularly suitable for experienced financial advisers and insurance agents advising on, or aspiring to advise on, investment planning.

DATES: 24,25 April

DURATION: 14 Hours

LOCATION: EIMF Premises, Nicosia

TIME: 09:00 - 17:15

FEES: €380 + VAT


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Exam format

  • 2-hour exam
  • 75 multiple choice questions
  • 70% nominal pass mark
  • Results released after 5 weeks

Participants will receive a certificate for successful participation indicating all topics covered

Register Here

If you need help completing the online registration form, please give us a call at 2227 4470 or email us at 

Trainer: Demetris Nicolaou

Demetris Nicolaou currently works as the Finance Director of D. Nicolaou & Sons Ltd.  He previously worked for Alpha Bank Limited in Cyprus as Head of Asset Management and at Emerging Markets Management in the USA as Co-Portfolio Manager.  Demetris holds a degree in Finance & Economics and an MBA from the American University in Washington, DC.  He is a CFA Charterholder and a holder of the Certificate in Company Direction by the Institute of Directors.   Demetris is a Non-Executive Director of Hanseatic Capital Management Limited, of The Alexandria Fund and of Axia Ventures Ltd an investment banking firm.