Careers: in brief

The Securities Institute has received the stamp of Government approval for its new four-paper Investment and Financial Advice Qualification (IFA). The scheme, aimed at independent financial advisers, has met the required standards of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), the official education regulator in the UK. The IFA qualification has been launched in response to the Financial Services Authority’s and the Financial Services Skills Council’s examination review. The Securities Institute aims to deliver the qualification via computer-based testing by July 2005.