I though I'd start a new thread for this one as I've pretty much decided to give the FP thing a crack. I've been researching various registered training facilities and wanted to ask a few questions form people that have done it. The different facilities DFS (FP) course goes from anywhere between a couple of weeks to 12 months. I understand that at the end of the course the piece of paper is the same no matter where you go so that leads me to head for the facilities that you can complete the course quicker. Some advertise the '9 day diploma course' but in reality its more like 5-6 weeks with 2-3 weeks of prior independent study then 5 days of workshop then another week of for independent study and finally 4 days of workshop. The particular facility I'm referring to is PS146 training or now they' have renamed themselves RG146 training (I wonder why ). Has anyone studied with these guys? From what I'm told there are no formal exams or assignments, it's all competency based assessment done throughout the workshops. So once the final workshop has been completed you have your Diploma qualification. I looked at a facility called IBI - Investment Banking Institute who seemed dodgier than a politicians promise. Another that seemed to be reasonable was AIFA although there course didn't start until then end of March and was a full 7 weeks, similar to RG146. Full time with Kaplan seems to be quite a bit longer once exams and assignments have been completed and marked. I suppose I'm looking for any reason not to go with RG146. I justify it to myslef thinking that its only a basic qualification and I'll learn much more on the job and through the AdvDFS. Just as long as I pass everything through RG146, I'd hate to turn up and realise that its more for industry professionals who have been doing it for 5 years. Any thoughts?