An Introduction to CeMAP Training in Leicester

by Anthony Judge on January 8, 2012

The Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) is the educational baseline qualification in the mortgage industry and CeMAP training in Leicester is widely recognised to be the most effective route for anyone wanting to follow a career as a mortgage advisor in the East Midlands region. Irrespective of any preference to work on a self-employed basis (as an independent mortgage advisor) or an employed basis (as a sales advisor within a bank or building society), CeMAP is the minimum level of educational qualification required.

CeMAP training is generally supplied by independent training suppliers because potential employers are reluctant to invest their cash and time on the development of individuals who might gratefully take all that is offered before leaving to work elsewhere in the industry. Obviously, firms are much more impressed by people who invest their own time and money to obtain the baseline qualification before applying for a role within the employer’s organisation.

CeMAP training solutions are offered in any one of three ways, the most common being the group classroom training option. Less widely available are a number of remote learning options and an even smaller number of one-to-one coaching options. To explore the pros and cons of each of these options, let’s take a look at them in a touch more detail.

1. Group Classroom Training Option

From a training provider’s standpoint, this is normally the preferred option as the training provider can easily cover the expenses of providing each training course by charging a training fee to each attending delegate. From the perspective of the delegates, while many benefit from the group learning experience and the opportunity to learn from one another as well as from the trainer, other delegates find too much distraction when learning in groups, preferring a rather more focussed one-to-one experience or a solitary remote learning option.

2. Remote Learning Option

For students who would find the group learning experience too distracting, the option to learn with the aid of a totally interactive software package turns out to be a more appropriate and cost-effective alternative. Obviously, with no overheads to be covered by the training supplier, a CeMAP online solution would be by far the lowest cost option, making it more acceptable for those operating on a tighter budget. Additionally, even for people who would prefer the classroom experience, it’s not always practical to take five days away from work or from the family to attend a training course, even if it is available in the student’s home city.

3. One-to-one Training Option

From the student’s perspective, while this might appear to be the best choice available, it is almost always the most costly, since the training provider has to cover the expenses of providing the course from a single student’s training fee. Additionally, most in-demand training providers are disinclined to provide one-to-one coaching because it is the least profitable use of their time. Nevertheless, there are some providers who, with time on their hands, are prepared to provide such a solution at the right price.


Without talking about these three training options with potential students, a CeMAP training provider can have no way of knowing which solution is most appropriate for each student. Any training provider’s first task should be to provide concise and straightforward information to those doing their early research, so they are able to make an informed decision as to which option is most suitable to their own circumstances and preferences. In a later article, I will explain the structure of the CeMAP qualification.

Anthony Judge has held multiple directorships within national brokerages and networks since the mid-1990s. With over 20 years’ experience in the provision of CeMAP training throughout the UK, he is widely recognised to be a market leader in the CeMAP niche and has helped thousands of individuals to realise their dreams after making the switch to a career in the UK financial services sector.

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