What Are The R0 Exams?

What Are The R0 Exams?

The R0 exams and the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning

The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning is made up of six core modules, commonly referred to as the R0 exams. The level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning meets the FCA’s qualification requirements for retail investment advisers.

BTS offer support for each R0 module and we love taking candidates through from R01, when they start their journey, to R06 when they finally achieve their CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. As the R0 exams are what we are all about, we thought it made sense to tell you a little more about each of them.

What are the R0 exam units?

There are six compulsory R0 exam units, these are listed in the table below. There is no set order in which to take the units, you can sit them in any order you choose. For candidates new to the industry, we usually recommending starting with R01 Financial services, regulation and ethics as this provides a sound knowledge base which is relevant to each of the other units. Then, we recommend taking R05 Financial protection as this is a level 3 unit with no multi-response questions. It is advisable to take R03 Personal taxation and R02 Investment principles and risk fairly closely together as there is significant syllabus cross-over between these two units. R04 should usually be attempted as the penultimate unit due to the knowledge required from the other units. The R06 Financial planning practice unit is usually sat as the final exam as it draws on knowledge and understanding from each of the other R0s.
To find out more about each of the R0 exams, follow the links in the table below.

BTS R0 Exam Study Toolkits

The BTS R0 Exam Study Toolkits have been specially designed to guide you through all 6 R0 units, helping you to achieve your CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. 

Find out more about each unit, and the study support available here:


Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics


Investment Principles and Risk


Personal Taxation


Pensions and Retirement Planning


Financial Protection


Financial Planning Practice