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Guide to the CeMAP 1 Qualification

Guide to the CeMAP 1 Qualification

This module, officially known as UK Financial Regulation (UKFR), serves as the foundation for your journey into the world of mortgage advice.

In CeMAP 1, you’ll be introduced to the Financial Services Environment and the various financial products that play a crucial role in this sector. It’s not just about mortgages – you’ll gain insight into a range of financial services that are integral to the industry.

Now, let’s break it down further. CeMAP 1 consists of two units, each designed to help you develop the specialist knowledge required in this field.

Unit 1: Introduction to Financial Services Environment and Products

In this unit, you’ll explore the Financial Services Environment, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the landscape you’re stepping into. You’ll also get acquainted with a variety of financial products. This unit lays the groundwork for your journey, providing a solid foundation for the more specialized knowledge you’ll acquire as you progress through the qualification.

Unit 2: UK Financial Services and Regulations

Moving on to the second unit, you’ll delve into the rules and regulations that govern the UK Financial Services sector. Understanding the regulatory landscape is crucial for any Mortgage Adviser. This unit equips you with the knowledge needed to navigate the legal aspects of providing financial advice.

The LIBF state that your CeMAP studies on whole will cover things like 

  • the process and structure of the UK financial services industry 
  • the financial conduct authority’s main aims and activities 
  • the rules and regulations and the FCA’s approach to regulating firms and individuals 
  • the main areas of financial advice asset classes and financial services products 
  • the impact of socio-economic factors on personal financial plans 

More specifically your studies for CeMAP 1 will include the

  • UK financial services industry structure 
  • financial asset classes
  • financial services products 
  • financial advice and regular reviews 
  • basic legal concepts
  • UK taxation the benefit system
  • inflation
  • interest rate volatility 
  • non-tax laws
  • regulation 
  • conduct of business rules
  • anti-money laundering rules 
  • complaints and compensation
  • the EU general data protection regulation and
  • European directives 

As you can see, CeMAP 1 is all about building a strong foundation. Whether you’re new to the financial services sector or looking to enhance your existing knowledge, these units are tailored to provide you with the insights necessary to excel in your role as a Mortgage Adviser

The entire CeMAP qualification typically spans 6 to 12 months, providing you with a comprehensive learning journey. When it comes specifically to CeMAP 1, if you’re pursuing it through self-study, you can expect to invest around two to four months to complete this module.

However, we understand that time is of the essence for many aspiring Mortgage Advisers. That’s where Fast Track training options come into play. There are programs, such as the Futuretrend 5-day CeMAP 1 Live Virtual Classroom, designed to accelerate your learning process. These intensive courses aim to support you in completing the first module within just a few weeks.


CeMAP 1 Exam

Now that we’ve covered what CeMAP 1 involves, let’s talk about the moment that many of you are gearing up for – the exam.

To start, you’ll need to register with the awarding body, The London Institute of Banking and Finance, also known as LIBF.

Each module, including CeMAP 1, currently costs £215. This fee covers your registration, a hard copy of the syllabus, and a single exam sitting for that module.

The CeMAP 1 exam is a crucial step in your journey toward becoming a qualified Mortgage Adviser. Here are some key details you need to know.


Exam Format:

The CeMAP 1 module is assessed through a 2-hour exam comprising 100 multiple-choice questions. This exam is split into the two units we discussed earlier.


Time and Questions Allocation:

For each unit, you have 1 hour to answer 50 questions. That’s 2 minutes per question, so time management is key.


Pass Mark:

The pass mark for each unit is 70%, meaning you need to correctly answer 35 out of 50 questions in each section to pass.


Module Grading:

Each module is graded separately. If, for any reason, you don’t pass a unit, you only need to retake that specific unit, not the entire exam.



After completing the exam, you won’t have to wait long for the results. You’ll receive them on the same day via your LIBF Portal.

Preparing for the CeMAP 1 exam can be challenging, but with the right resources and study approach, you’ll be well-equipped to succeed.

Next Steps / What Comes Next

Once you have successfully navigated through CeMAP 1, and passed the exam, what comes next?

To complete your CeMAP qualification, your journey continues with the CeMAP 2&3 course.

CeMAP 2 focuses on mortgages, giving learners a thorough grounding in the mortgage application process, including the different products available and the issues borrowers may face after completion.

Look out for future post where we’ll cover the CeMAP 2 Module in detail. We’ll explore the syllabus, study options, and insights to help you excel in this next phase of your CeMAP journey.


To conclude, CeMAP 1 is not just a module; it’s the foundational step toward achieving your full CeMAP qualification. Making a solid start here sets you on a path for success throughout your entire qualification journey.

If you have any questions or uncertainties regarding CeMAP 1, feel free to drop them in the comment section below. We’re here to help, and we’ll get back to you with the information you need.

For more in-depth information or to book your CeMAP training course online, visit our CeMAP course pages on our website. If you prefer a chat, don’t hesitate to call our friendly learning and development team on 020 8443 2888. They’re here to discuss any queries you may have or to assist you in booking your course over the phone.