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Diploma in Corporate Finance

The Level 6 Corporate Finance Techniques and Theory (CFTT) exam will no longer exist after the summer 2024 session. It will be replaced by three on demand exams.

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Practical, transaction-orientated diploma, awarded by the CISI.


Streamlined syllabus to allow progressive learning after the Certificate in Corporate Finance.


Develop your core technical, commercial and ethical skills and knowledge.


You can either do your studying online, from anywhere in the world, or in a classroom with peers and a tutor.


The whole diploma can be completed in a year.


Receive one year’s membership of the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty and student membership of the CISI.

What is the Diploma in Corporate Finance?


The Diploma is recognised by the FCA as meeting the full qualification requirement for Activity 8 as per key 1- those advising on investments in the course of corporate finance business.

Diploma in Corporate Finance at a glance

  • Entry requirements
    • This diploma is suitable for ICAEW Chartered Accountants or Certificate in Corporate Finance holders.
    • For details about alternative entry requirements for candidates outside the UK, please see the CF FAQs.
  • What's involved?

    The syllabus for the Diploma in Corporate Finance has been designed to develop core technical, commercial and ethical skills and knowledge for those working in the field of corporate finance. Knowledge of fundamental techniques, theories and issues supports the handling of complex corporate finance scenarios. The diploma consists of two units:

    The syllabus includes sections dealing with the regulatory issues associated with a corporate finance transaction. It is relevant to those not only from an accounting background but also from banking, legal or consultancy backgrounds.

  • How do I register?

    Registration is via the CISI.

    1. Book your exam by going to this page, scrolling to the bottom, and opening the form under 'Book your exam'.
    2. Email the completed booking form to corporatefinance@cisi.org.
    3. Your eligibility will be checked and you will receive confirmation of your booking which will include the date of your exam sitting.
    4. Contact the tuition provider for study support and to purchase your learning materials (Optional).
  • How can I study for this diploma?
    Either through distance learning (self-study from anywhere in the world with the support of online materials) or classroom learning (with a tutor, surrounded by peers). Find a tuition provider near you.
  • Duration
    On average, 200 hours of study is required to complete Paper 1: Corporate Finance Techniques and Theory and 300 hours of study is required to complete Paper 2: Corporate Finance Strategy and Advice.
  • Cost
    Exam costs can be found on the CISI Corporate Finance Diploma page. Click on the Book your exam PDF link for more information.
  • Exams
                              Summer Exams
    Closing Date 17 April 2024
    Late Closing Date 1
    1 May 2024
    Corporate Finance Techniques & Theory 4 June 2024 - 10:00 BST
    Corporate Finance Strategy & Advice
    3 June 2024 - 13:00 BS
    Results available
    15 August 2024

    1 If an examination application is received after the standard closing date, but before the late closing date, an additional late entry fee of £50 will be charged along with the examination fee.

Contact the team

For further information or advice on the CF qualification:

+44 (0)1908 248 250 cfqualification@icaew.com