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Unit CF1

Publication date:

01 March 2012

Last updated:

25 October 2023

Testing Position

  • Examinations are based on the published syllabus. Syllabuses are available free of charge on the CII website or on request.
  • Candidates will be examined on the basis of English law and practice unless otherwise stated. It should be assumed that all individuals are domiciled and resident in the UK unless otherwise stated.
  • The CF1 examination consists of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs). 2 hours are allowed for this examination.
  • The general rule is that the new tax year and changes arising from the Finance Act will be examined from 1 September each year. Other changes, not related to the Finance Act, will not be examined earlier than 3 months after they come into effect.
  • Candidates must keep up to date with legislative and industry changes that occur.

Tax year

  • The tax year 2023/2024 will be examined from 1 September 2023 until 31 August 2024


Any relevant changes that may affect CII syllabuses or assessments will be announced on this page as they arise along with a date from when the changes will be assessed.

National Insurance

The changes to National Insurance, as announced in the mini-budget of 23 September 2022, will be reflected in examinations from 23 December 2022.

Financial Ombudsman Service Award Limit Change

Changes to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) award limits come into effect on 1 April 2023.  Examinations will be reflective of these changes from 1 July 2023.