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Essential learning for the long term care insurance market

The RQF Level 3 Award in Long Term Care Insurance is a single unit qualification that develops knowledge and understanding of long term care cover, including legal, taxation and regulatory issues and the responsibilities of local authorities.

When held alongside any of the following CII qualifications, or equivalent, the Award meets the FCA's appropriate qualification requirements for advising on long term care insurance products: the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, Diploma in Financial Planning and Certificate in Financial Planning.

The unit syllabus setting out the learning outcomes for the Award can be found on the right of this page. 

Who it's for

The Award is particularly suitable for:

  • Retail investment advisers looking to specialise in long term care insurance
  • Paraplanners, technical consultants and staff in related support roles who want to get a better understanding of long term care insurance.

Entry requirements


Learning support

Unit study materials for this qualification typically include:

  • Study text with updates
  • RevisionMate online study support
  • Revision courses

How you're tested

The Award is assessed by a single multiple-choice on screen exam, tested year-round throughout the UK at a choice of over 40 centres. Find out more by selecting the completion requirements link to the right of this page.

Your next step

The links at the top right of this page contain all the information you need to finalise your entry. To order your study text and assessment entry, please select the CF8 link.

Read the Award in Long Term Care Insurance specification »

Key facts

Key facts for the Award in Long Term Care Insurance

Ofqual Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) Level
Level 3
Number of available units 1 Certificate-level unit
Compulsory unit (CF8) Long term care insurance
CII credits per unit CF8 - 15 credits
Exam format
• Online, 2 hours
• 50 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and 5 case studies, each comprising 5 MCQs.
Average study time per unit CF8 - 70 hours
Availability of exam sessions (Details shown apply to the UK. Outside of the UK exams are offered twice-yearly) Year-round
Availability varies from centre to centre, but typically weekly
Entry requirements? To complete you need to obtain 15 credits by passing compulsory unit CF8.
Record of Achievement issued for each exam pass? Yes
CII/PFS membership designation N/A

Completion requirements

To complete the Award you need to obtain 15 CII credits by passing one compulsory unit: CF8. 

Units Credits and level  Study hours per unit * Assesment method Exam sessions Nominal pass mark ** Results notification
CF8 15 - Level 3 70 2 hour exam comprising 50 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and 5 case studies, each comprising 5 MCQs Year-round 70% Immediate notification of results

* The recommended minimum study hours shown below will vary according to your experience and ability. 

** The nominal pass mark is shown, however, the actual pass mark may vary from one session to another to ensure that the pass standard remains constant.


Assessment information

It is important that candidates entering for a CII assessment familiarise themselves with our service, in particular the rules and procedures that are in place.


CF8 Long term care insurance

At the end of this unit, candidates should be able to understand the:

  • definition, purpose and scope of long term care contracts and how they interact with State benefits and State-funded long term care;
  • main features and functions of the different types of contract that can be used to fund long term care and how they can be arranged to meet an individual's needs;
  • principal legal, taxation and regulatory issues that are relevant to advice on long term care insurance;
  • importance of regular reviews to ensure that long term care insurance cover remains appropriate.