The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is introducing two half-credit advanced financial planning certificate (AFPC) exams next year. The exams are aimed at those who want to move up from the FPC or to top-up existing AFPC passes.

The two subjects, retirement options and pension investment options, can be taken independently of each other, but both need to be passed to qualify as a full AFPC credit.

CII director general Sandy Scott said: "We have recognised that for some people the AFPC represents a significant step up from the FPC in terms of demand and commitment to study and preparation. This approach will make this transition easier"