How long does it take to train as a mortgage advisor?

To train to become a legal-to-practice mortgage advisor, candidates will require a specific qualification recognised by the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Acknowledged and accepted as a sign of excellence in providing mortgage guidance, the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) is perhaps the most popular credential to acquire, but just how long does it take to complete your training and receive your accreditation?

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at this topic and look to prepare would-be brokers with an idea of the timeframe they can expect for studying and training for their new role.

Scheduling your study time effectively

The ideal start to CeMAP training involves creating a plan that matches your specific needs. While drawing up a timetable for studies might be straightforward and simple, you will need to find out first how many hours are usually required to complete a CeMAP training course.

While it is understood that everyone will learn at their own pace, the length of time required for completing CeMAP training is around 230 hours. If you begin with this allotted amount of time and use it as a basis for your study schedule, you will get a rough idea of approximately when you will complete your course. If you can finish it more quickly than that, all the better!

CeMAP training in different personal situations

The core factor impacting how long it might take to undertake and complete your CeMAP training is your unique personal circumstances.

If you are currently planning a change of career and are already working in a full-time position, you may have limited study time. As a result, you may only be able to train during your evenings. at weekends, or by taking some leave. Without further distractions, it might be possible to finish your CeMAP training course in around six months. However, should you have additional commitments like caring for younger or older family members, the time it will take to train could be as long as a year.

Many people tackling CeMAP training are already working within the industry and enjoy support from their employer. Those fortunate enough to be in this position are given training time outside of their normal working hours, as obtaining a CeMAP qualification directly relates to their professional role. If this scenario applies to you, it could take as little as three months for you to complete your training course.

Choosing the ideal CeMAP training course

All advisors in training learn at a rate that suits them and in their own unique way. When selecting how you train to acquire your CeMAP, always consider the style of learning that is right for you.

If your personal circumstances mean you may need to fit your training around an existing workload, a home study CeMAP training course or online webinar course may be beneficial. Along with greater flexibility, training online via a distance learning course can also enable students to easily replay online lessons, improving their retention.

On the other hand, if you find face-to-face learning is more suited to your learning style and needs, a CeMAP classroom course at a registered centre is a better way to train.

Don’t delay, start CeMAP training today

No matter how long it takes to complete your training, when you have completed it, you can include the letters ‘CeMAP’ in your title, showing potential employers and clients you are qualified.

At Beacon Financial Training, we use a bespoke approach to instructing those we teach, providing one-to-one support and expert-led courses that match a range of personal circumstances. Contact us today to discuss the best way to train for you.

Find out more about how to become a mortgage advisor with our handy guide.


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