Taking and passing your Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) or Certificate in Regulated Equity Release (CeRER) is important if you want to progress in your career as a mortgage advisor. We are aware that the majority of the people taking this course and exams are likely to be working full time, so thought it would be helpful to put together a guide to passing the CeMAP or CeRER.

Decide how you will study

The first step is to decide how you will study the course material. You have two choices: take a formal course or sign up for home training. Whatever suits you depends on how you like to learn, how much time you have and your budget.

There are pros and cons to both approaches, so it’s very much up to you to decide.

Allow enough time to complete the course

One of the biggest reasons people fail is that they underestimate the time needed to complete the work.

If you complete the course in a formal training environment, you can normally get through the material and pass the exam within a week or two. However, most people who study at home take around three months to pass, but some people take far longer.

Set aside time to study

However you decide to complete the course, it is important to set aside time to study. Stick to your schedule and fit in extra studying when you can, for example, by reading course material or testing yourself during your commute.

Brush up on your maths before starting the course

It is worth practising your maths skills before taking the CeMAP. The maths involved is not complicated it is only basic addition, subtraction and division, but if you have not done any maths for a while it is a good idea to go online and do a few simple exercises.

Regularly test your knowledge

As you study each section, test your knowledge. The majority of the questions in the exams are in the multiple-choice format, so use that format when testing how well you have understood a section or concept.

Use visual aids

There is a lot of information to absorb, and some of it complicated. Using flow diagrams and infographics can help you to unravel a complex process, so employ them to help you with comprehension.

Take advantage of support from others

Studying with others helps a great deal. It can motivate you and if there is something that you do not understand, they will be able to explain and bridge that gap in your knowledge.

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