STEP Advanced Certificate in Trustee Investment and Financial Appraisal

Trustees have a fiduciary duty to oversee a trust's investments, whether that is in an underlying company, or a share portfolio. This power can be delegated to an investment adviser, but how can a trustee fulfil their duty to evaluate performance? How can an investment adviser understand the trustees' investment needs?

One of four Advanced Certificates that can be used to gain a STEP Diploma in International Trust Management, this course aims to bridge the gap between trust professionals, or any fiduciary that needs to monitor investments, and advisers.

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What does this qualification cover and how is it delivered?

What does this qualification cover?

  • Trustee Investment: An Introductory Overview
  • Investing in Cash and the Money Markets
  • An Introduction to the Bond Markets
  • Types of Bond
  • The Equity Markets
  • Investment Analysis
  • Financial Appraisal and the Use of Ratio Analysis
  • Collective Investment Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds
  • Futures

You can see a more detailed syllabus here in the combined STEP Diploma in International Trust Management syllabus.

How is it delivered?

The Advanced Certificate is delivered through a blend of distance-learning and the final assessment is a 3-hour exam. In some jurisdictions a 4-day revision workshop is available immediately before the exam date. All students have access to online support resources.

What are the benefits to me and my employer?

How will this course benefit me?

Successful completion of this course will enhance your ability to:

  • explain investment terminology to clients and other stakeholders
  • outline different types of investments and their relative risk profiles
  • discuss any restrictions on investments e.g. level of risk, or ethical investing
  • analyse investment performance

How will this benefit my employer?

The Advanced Certificate is designed to support employers by training practitioners to:

  • understand their fiduciary duties in relation to overseeing investments, or advising on investments
  • use a range of investment analysis tools to assess performance
  • discuss the suitability of different investment types to meet a client's needs

Entry advice and requirements

Who would find this qualification useful?

This Advanced Certificate and the Diploma that it is included in, is suitable for a wide range of practitioners. Past graduates have included members of the accountancy, banking, legal and trust professions (at all levels), company administrators, tax advisors and independent financial advisors. 

What are the entry requirements?

Admission depends on meeting the Entry Level requirements, outlined in the Qualifications and Membership Framework.

Further course details

How long will it take to complete

This Advanced Certificate takes six months to complete, from enrolling to sitting the examination.

How much will it cost?

The course fees for Advanced Certificates can be found on the CLTI website.

Where is it available?

This course is available worldwide, either online or face-to-face in some jurisdictions. For full details visit the CLTI website

What are the course dates?

For a full list of face-to-face courses, or the option to study online, please see the CLTI website

How do I apply?

Help and advice

If you have any queries and would like to speak to someone you can either call CLTI on +44 (0)121 362 7733 or email