STEP - Postgraduate Diploma

STEP Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advice

STEP Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advice
Credits Awarding Body STEP

This is an executive programme for experienced practitioners in the wealth management field looking to develop their understanding of critical thinking, risk assessment and business strategy and wanting to take the next step in their professional career. Next start date: 18th November 2022

The STEP Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advice is an innovative, masters level qualification developed to assist practitioners operating in a fast-moving environment with the opportunity to explore the most topical and relevant subjects and skills impacting on private practice today. Private wealth management is a globally mobile industry with multigenerational clients and families focused on a holistic service. The demand for practitioners is for those who can demonstrate a wider understanding and breadth of knowledge in their advice.

You will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the knowledge and skills required for senior advisers in the private wealth field.
  • Provide your clients with the highest standard of service.
  • Network with like-minded senior practitioners from a range of jurisdictions and professions to and increase your professional connections.
  • Set yourself apart from other senior practitioners looking to take the next step in their professional career.
  • Become a Full Member of STEP and use the TEP designation.

This course is suitable for both ambitious professionals in the early to mid-stages of their career who aspire to become business leaders and develop their strategic understanding and risk assessment ability, as well as for experienced practitioners and senior leaders looking to widen their business portfolio and expand their client base.

Students of this course typically include:

  • Private Client Advisers
  • Wealth Managers
  • International Tax Advisers
  • Private Bankers
  • Family Office Executives
  • Trust Officers
  • Family Business Advisers
  • Senior Financial Planners
  • Senior Lawyers
  • Innovative and interactive online masterclasses on a range of topical subjects led by recognised industry experts with a wealth of experience to share.
  • Enhancement sessions to develop strategic skills in the areas of business strategy, sales and marketing and leadership and judgement delivered by renowned practitioners and speakers.
  • Cohort sizes are limited to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate and interact. Participation is strongly encouraged and facilitated so that students can benefit from colleagues sharing their experiences.
  • Alumni from the programme have gone on to develop new business and revenue streams from insights and knowledge gained from the programme.
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities with like-minded practitioners, often from a range of professional backgrounds and jurisdictions.
  • Participation in masterclasses and subsequent consolidation of what is taught, enhanced by own research completed in preparation of the Reflective Journal and Oral Assessment, will have real practical benefit in the workplace.
  • Delivered online with two weekend sessions once a month, this programme is ideal for time-pressed professionals overseas and globally accessible.
  • The highest level qualification in the STEP qualification framework.
  • Successful completion fulfils the educational requirement (120 Diploma level credits) for full STEP membership, meaning that graduates are eligible for full STEP membership (subject to having 2 years’ experience at a specialist level).
  • Accredited by Alliance Manchester Business School
  • The course is subject to the rigorous quality assurance procedures of Manchester Business School, a Faculty of the University of Manchester

The programme runs over six months and will be delivered fully online through a blend of self-study, practical research and attendance at monthly weekend sessions. Please note that to cover the maximum number of students worldwide all masterclasses commence at 9am GMT.  

The programme consists of eight masterclass sessions led by industry experts focusing on emerging specialist areas of practice which are providing disruptive opportunities for business growth and transformation:

  • Strategic Risk Management for Leaders
  • Family Business Advising
  • Trust Disputes
  • Cross-Border Succession
  • Strategic Philanthropy
  • Digital Assets
  • Compliance for Trustees
  • International Tax.

To complement the technical learning, this programme also includes exclusive sessions for aspiring senior and strategic leaders to enhance their leadership and commercial skills.

  • Sales and Marketing Considerations
  • Leadership and Judgement.

 Upon registration students are given access to an online learning platform, which contains bespoke course reading and workbooks for the eight masterclass topics, further reading (in the form of the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates and STEP Diploma in International Trust Management course manuals) and a range of additional resources. Students will also receive access to a discussion forum to facilitate networking.

Assessment for this course is by way of a reflective journal and oral assessment. The reflective journal is formed of eight 1,000-1,500-word masterclass write-ups which comment on key learning points from each session and identify how these concepts can be implemented within the workplace as a part of the practitioner’s role. The oral assessment will assess the candidate against the course competencies and their technical content knowledge from their reflective journal. This is conducted as a 2–3-hour interview.

Course Timetable - May 2022

Course Timetable - November 2022

Thank you for your interest in CLTI or STEP products. Due to government regulations, we are unable to accept online payments from, or, on behalf of students from certain countries and territories without prior agreement. Please contact us for further details on, +44 (0) 121 362 7733.

Please note that to cover the maximum number of students worldwide all masterclasses commence at 9am GMT.  

The programme is recognised under the Financial Training Scheme (FTS) in Singapore, which mean eligible participants can claim from the FTS for SD2,000 of the course fee on completion of the programme.

This scheme is only available to company-sponsored participants who are Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents, physically based in Singapore, and who have successfully completed a FTS programme.

Applications via the IBF Singapore website.


Please be aware that workshops have a limited capacity to guarantee optimum teaching conditions. Therefore, where several dates are listed per workshop, we are unable to guarantee your selection of dates will be allocated to you.

Please check your final booking confirmation for your final workshop dates. If you have any queries, please email


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6 Months

Entry Criteria

60 Entry Level

To be eligible for the programme, applicants must meet the criteria and agree to apply to be an Affiliate Member of STEP (this can be completed after registration).

Continuation on the programme is subject to membership acceptance.

Additionally, applicants must:

  • Have a first degree or equivalent level qualification; and
  • Have three years’ experience as a relevant practitioner with some supervisory/managerial, or business developmental responsibilities; and
  • Have either completed a STEP Diploma qualification or have experience that has given practical exposure and understanding of the broad syllabus content contained in the qualifications that comprise a STEP Diploma; and
  • Be looking to extend themself beyond their current qualification level and advance into a more senior or responsible role.


Reflective Journal, Oral Assessment