Skip to main content

CISI (Capital Markets Programme)

The qualification demonstrates commitment to the industry and is an FCA appropriate qualification for the activity of dealing in securities and derivatives. It also meets the ESMA Guideline (MiFID II) for wholesale investment advice in the UK and Europe.

Individual unit price (excluding exams):

£450 - £636 (inc. VAT)

Select your course(s)


Spread the cost over 3 months:

Apply for payment plan


Order your study package with us and the CISI will remove the cost of the workbook when you book your exam

1. Structure

The CISI Capital Markets Programme is achieved by passing a Regulatory Unit and a Technical Unit. The qualifications which form the Capital Markets Programme are recognised by Ofqual as the level 3 Certificate in Securities or level 3 Certificate in Derivatives.

Entry requirements

This qualification is suitable for anyone advising, working, or aspiring to work, in the securities and/or derivatives industry. No previous qualifications are required.

If you’re studying in the UK, Ireland, Europe or North America, you need to pass the CISI's IntegrityMatters test before sitting the Capital Markets Programme exams. This is an online ethics test which requires you to make ethical decisions around dilemmas that you might encounter in the workplace.


This qualification examines the UK financial regulations in detail, then offers you the choice of expanding your knowledge about Securities or Derivatives.

You must take this Regulatory Unit. Then choose one Technical Unit.

UK Financial Regulation

This subject examines the regulations and legislation underpinning financial markets in relation to investment business in the UK.


(£375 excl.VAT)

Buy now

Technical units:


You’ll examine the features and characteristics of a range of securities products and the market places where they’re traded.


(£530 excl.VAT)

Buy now

Explore commodities and physical delivery in addition to forwards, futures, swaps, and other derivatives traded in the UK, and their links to underlying cash securities.


(£530 excl.VAT)

Buy now

2. Study methods

We will help you maximise your time and make revision easier.

Distance Learning

Study at your own pace from wherever you like. Our Distance Learning study option offers maximum flexibility for independent study and comes with MyKaplan study materials helping you to study on the go.

£450 - £636

(£375 - £530 excl. VAT)

Buy now

Inhouse training

We also offer inhouse training for your staff, allowing bespoke exam courses designed specifically for your staff. Please contact us on 020 7920 3060 or email us at or to find out more about how we can help train your team.

3. Exams and sittings


The regulatory unit is completed successfully by passing a one hour 30 minute multiple-choice question exam while technical units can be up to two hour multiple-choice exams.

The exams are based on published syllabi, which are reviewed annually to reflect changes in the industry and the regulatory environment.

All exams are delivered by computer based testing (CBT) on demand and can be sat globally. You'll need to register with the CISI directly for exam entry.

Exam results are available after you have taken your exam and can be seen online within 24 hours.

How long does it take to pass?

The CISI recommends a minimum of 80-100 hours of study for the regulatory unit and 100 hours for each of the technical units.

Are there any exemptions available?

You may be eligible for an exemption from one or more of the exams depending on your prior qualifications. Please see the CISI website for further details.

4. Study materials and delivery costs

Study Materials

Our Distance Learning study option includes both online and printed study materials. Materials include the following:

  • Full Study Guide

    Emailed to you on booking, and also available on MyKaplan, the study guide pulls the hard copy and online study materials together into a recommended study approach.
  • CISI Official Learning & Reference Manual

    Written by the CISI, these manuals cover all the syllabus and only the syllabus, and are the official reference document for real exam questions. They satisfy the compulsory purchase requirement of the CISI, so you'll be able to exclude the workbook fee when booking your exam.
  • Question & Answer Book

    Contains printed chapter questions and mock exams to test yourself and check your progress.
  • Access to MyKaplan

    Our online learning portal with everything you need to prepare for your exam including recorded classes.

If you order your materials through Kaplan, you'll be able to exclude the workbook fee when booking exams with the CISI.

Delivery costs

How much it costs to deliver your study materials and how long it takes depends on where in the world you live.

For detailed information on delivery prices please refer to our delivery page.

5. MyKaplan: online learning portal

MyKaplan is an online learning portal with practical resources to help you prepare for your exams.

Online features

  • Study Guide

    A helpful guide that outlines the order of topics you should study, including which questions to practice, and which videos to watch.
  • Exam Syllabus

    A complete breakdown of what you’ll be studying.
  • Tutor Recordings

    Watch and replay classes whenever you like.
  • Classroom Slide Pack

    Your central reference point for note taking. It integrates the CISI Institute material to aid the note taking process, which provides you with more time to practice questions.
  • Workbook

    Helps you keep all your notes in one place to improve revision.
  • Chapter Questions

    See how much you’ve learnt at the end of every chapter.
  • Mock Exams

    Test your knowledge with mock exams, mirroring the real exams.

Access duration

You can access your online content for 12 months from your enrolment date.

computer Minimum system requirements for MyKaplan

6. Tutor support

We’ll support you every step of the way throughout your studies with us. You can contact a tutor and get the help you need within 48 working hours.

7. Course pricing and funding options

Pricing structure

Units are all priced individually, so you can purchase them altogether or separately as you need them.

Unit Price (excl. VAT) Price (incl. VAT)
UK Financial Regulation £375 £450
Securities £530 £636
Derivatives £530 £636

Payment options

Employer sponsored chevron_right

Your employer may fund the costs of your studies if you’re already working in a related field and want to develop your learning. You’ll need to speak to them to see if you’re eligible and confirm that they’re happy to pay for your studies.

Payment plans chevron_right

Our CISI Capital Markets materials are covered with our interest-free payment plan, providing the total cost is £500 minimum (including VAT). The plan lets you spread the cost of your studies over a period of time, with no extra costs.

How to enrol

Enrol online or call us on 020 7920 3060.

Why study CISI with Kaplan?

Trusted expertise

We’re a CISI Premier Accredited Training Provider (ATP), based on our pass rates and student service.

Practice makes perfect

Large question banks, with a unique mix of CISI and Kaplan tutor created questions to use on the go.

Expert support

Tutors available to help when you need them, so you will feel confident in the exam.