Professional Diploma of Competence in Gibraltar Financial Services

Gibraltar’s Financial Services industry has a variety of licensable activities which are regulated. This course provides a solid foundation into seven licensable activities.

  • Business and Finance
  • Part Time
  • 42 Weeks
  • Start 25th May 2022

About this course

This Diploma is a cross-sector qualification and will provide a solid foundation into licensable activities within Financial Services in Gibraltar.  It is Gibraltar-centric in terms of practices, procedures and law.   It has been developed in direct consultation with the Regulator and each industry sector to provide an education award which should serve as an industry standard.
In close collaboration with the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC) and the relevant professional body associations, namely: Gibraltar Association of Compliance Officers (GACO), Gibraltar Society of Accountants (GSA), Association of Trust and Company Managers Gibraltar (ATCOM), Gibraltar Bankers’ Association (GBA), The Gibraltar Funds and Investment Association (GFIA), Gibraltar Insurance Institute (GII) and Gibraltar Association for New Technology (GANT).
This cross-sector qualification is designed to provide a foundational knowledge base as well as industry cohesiveness in terms of level of learning, terminology, best practice, procedure and legal requirements.
This course will upskill the local Financial Services industry and thus create harmonisation in terms of dialogue, terminology and understanding between sectors.

Who is the course for?

Individuals who work within the Financial Services sector. Learners will be able to undertake this course to gain an industry standard qualification which will provide them with both a foundational knowledge base and insight to all seven licensable activities in Gibraltar.

What will I receive at the end of the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, all learners will be awarded a Professional Diploma of Competence in Gibraltar Financial Service from the University of Gibraltar.
This qualification is endorsed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.

Who teaches the course?

Each topic will be delivered by Industry Expert Speakers in each Financial Service area.
Learners will gain insight into the industry based on real-life case scenarios and practical application of each topic.

This diploma will comprise:

  • 62 hours of face-to-face delivery.

  • A two hour session every Wednesday evening.

  • 100 hours of private study

  • 10 hours of assessment (multiple choice tests, group presentations, assignment).

  • A Level 5 (second year degree level)

The University of Gibraltar will be running this course on a part-time basis to accommodate persons working standard office hours.

Induction will be on the 24th May 2022.  The course commences on the 25th May and sessions will take place once a week (Wednesdays) from 18:00 – 20:00 on the University campus.   The course will complete in early April 2023.

The course timetable includes the following breaks: Summer break (13th July to 14th September), Mid-term (October 2022), Christmas and Mid-term (February 2023).

  • To understand why and how the financial services industry is regulated

  • To provide the learner with broad-base knowledge of licensable activities within the Financial Services sector in Gibraltar;

  • To enhance professional standards of those working within Financial Services

  • To provide cohesiveness in terms of terminology, best practice and legal requirements within Gibraltar Financial Services

The course comprises of eight units:

  1. Regulation & GFSC

  2. Compliance, Risk & AML

  3. Interpretation of Financial Statements

  4. Companies and Trusts

  5. Banking

  6. Funds & Fund Managers

  7. Insurance

  8. Distributed Ledger Technology

Entry profile

To be eligible for this course, candidates should be currently employed within one of the Financial Service sectors in Gibraltar.  You will be asked to submit your CV and a recommendation letter from your employer.

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of competence in English which is acceptable to the University.


Course Fee: £4,000

The University cannot guarantee places on this course which may be limited due to class size and in order to ensure quality of teaching. Applications are considered on a first-come-first serve basis.
The course will be delivered subject to minimum numbers being met.

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