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FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy

The FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy is a robust 12 month, earn as you learn, opportunity. If you are interested in building a career with one of Ireland’s most progressive advisory firms, we would love to hear from you.

Are you the one that people turn to for help?
If so, we want your skills.

The FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy is a robust 12 month, earn as you learn, opportunity.

The programme will be a blend of academic tuition which will lead to a Level 7 Professional Diploma in Financial Advice (QFA) and expert on the job training.

While earning a competitive salary, each apprentice will, on a rotational basis, be based in one of FDC’s network of offices and have a dedicated mentor for the duration of the course.

At FDC we build long-term financial planning relationships with our clients. We put them first, organise their finances, and help them along the way, sharing in their triumphs and their hard times.

  • The Training
  • The Process
  • The Candidate
  • Benefits
  • Click Here to Apply!

We will seek to take in new entrants to the financial advisory industry and provide appropriate financial planning training but most of all an appreciation of the FDC Way.

Our objective is to provide practical training and knowledge to all trainees, so they are fully proficient to begin their career within the company

  • This programme will run over an 12 month period.
  • Whilst undertaking this training programme, each apprentice will also complete their QFA exams and will receive full support for this.
  • 6 QFA Modules and exams in total
    • Life Assurance
    • Loans
    • Financial Regulation
    • Pensions
    • Investments
    • Financial Planning
  • The programme will be a mixture of classroom based learning and, on the job training where each trainee will, on a rotational basis, be based in one of FDC’s network of offices and have a dedicated mentor for the duration of the course.
  • Trainees will learn technical knowledge, logistical structures and systems as well as behavioural awareness and techniques.
  1. Online Application – Fill in the online application form. Take your time and pay attention to detail.
  2. Video – Shoot a 2-minute video (optional but desirable) telling us why you are the right person for this programme. Showcase your skills, be creative, have fun and show us who you really are and what sets you apart from all the rest. You can draw on experiences from your life, study and career. The potential to produce a totally unique video application is within your control. Between shooting on location and post-production edits, the creative possibilities are endless. Upload your video or provide a link with your application form and submit.
  3. Screening – Our hiring team will review your application and video through a competency based approach and screening process. Remember the application process is your opportunity to show us who you are and how much we need your skills and personality.
  4. Assessment Centre – If you are successful in the screening stage you will be invited to our assessment centre. This is a chance for us to really get to know you and it can be a fun way to interact and engage with your peers.
  5. Congratulations, you’re in – if you are successful in achieving a place in the Academy Programme you should hear from us with an offer.
    1. Now is the time to congratulate yourself on being offered a place on the programme and prepare yourself for a life changing journey with endless opportunities for career progression and success.
    2. You will be heading to our brand new Training Academy facility to begin your 12 month earn as you learn training programme.
  • You are the kind of person that people go to for advice,
  • You like to help,
  • You are an excellent communicator,
  • You have analytical, research & mathematical skills,
  • You have the ability to build and maintain relationships,
  • You are a strong decision maker,
  • You have a full clean driving license or you are in the process of obtaining one,
  • You have the right to work in Ireland.
  • Earn & Learn
  • QFA membership and exams fully financed
  • Competitive salary
  • Opportunity to become a fully fledged Financial Consultant on completion of training
  • Excellent work life balance
  • Opportunity for career progression
  • Ongoing support and training

Meet FDC Training Academy Graduates

If you are interested in building a career with one of Ireland’s most progressive advisory firms, we would love to hear from you.

FDC Financial Services really is a great place to work, the environment and culture is consistent across the Group. FDC as an organisation, is a place where you will be given the opportunity to commence or enhance your career with the support network to enable you to progress.

Need some help with your Application Form and Video? Looking for FAQ?

Apply here for the FDC Financial Consultant Training Academy

Need some help with your Application Form and Video?

Application form

  • Prepare yourself, gather all your basic information, personal details, education, career to date etc.
  • Remember, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, so make it count.
  • Take your time completing each part and pay attention to details.
  • Try to avoid waffle. Make your answers accurate, concise and applicable.
  • If you’re having trouble coming up with answers to some of the questions, take a step back and consider whether this career and training program are really something you want to accomplish.
  • Consider your responses and draw on your work, academic, and social experiences as examples. Persuade us that you have what we are looking for.
  • All responses in the written application are required; if any fields are left blank, your entry will not be accepted.
  • Review Review Review! Go over all of your answers and make sure everything is correct and you haven’t left anything out.


  • This is your chance to show us you’re exactly what we’re looking for, so be yourself and demonstrate the ‘Personality’ we seek.
  • Plan what you’re going to say or do.
  • Use your phone, your laptop or a camera.
  • If you are not comfortable shooting yourself, ask a friend to take the video.
  • Shoot in landscape.
  • Try to avoid background noise.
  • Be creative.
  • Have fun with it whilst still being professional.
  • Watch it back and retake if you need to.
  • Make some edits if you can.
  • Show who you are in all aspects of your life.
  • Stick to the time limit.
  • How to upload your video to YouTube and Vimeo


  • Visit YouTube.com and sign in or create an account
  • Click ‘Upload’ at the top right of the home page
  • Select your file to upload
  • Click the dropdown menu and select ‘Unlisted’
  • If you set it to Private we will not be able to see it!
  • Unlisted means that only people with the link to the video can view it.
  • Click ‘Done’
  • Congratulations! Your video has been uploaded – copy and paste the link!


  • Visit Vimeo.com and either sign in or create an account
  • Click ‘Upload’ in the top right hand corner
  • On the Privacy drop down box, select ‘Only People with the Private Link’
  • Then click choose file to upload and select your video.
  • Once your video has finished uploading, click the green box ‘Upload complete! Go to video’
  • From here you can preview your video
  • Congratulations! Your video has been uploaded – copy and paste the link!
How long is the programme?

The Financial Consultant Training Programme is an initial 12 month offering, After this initial 12 month period based on performance during the programme you may be offered a permanent Financial Consultant role in one of our offices across Ireland.

Where will I be based?

The base location for the training programme will be in our new Training Academy Building in Cork City. This is where you will do your initial induction training, training in a class room setting covering exam preparation, skills and systems training and everything you need to become a successful Financial Consultant. You will be required at various intervals to go on office rotation which will require you to travel to an office for a short term rotation shadowing staff in that office. It will be at one of our various locations in our office network.

Is a driving licence required?

Yes, all financial consultant roles within FDC Financial Services require a full, clean driving licence as travel will be required with the office network. If you don’t have a full licence but have applied for your driving test then include this date in your online application.

What does career progression look like?

This really is up to you. Make an impression in your first year and you can be offered a permanent position in an established area. Your career opportunities are limited only by your own ambitions and dedication.

What sort of personal and professional development should I expect?

We look for well rounded, confident, charismatic and passionate personalities. We’ll encourage and develop these attributes and broaden your skills, we will provide you with a strong foundation for a successful career in the Financial Services Industry.

Do I need a specific degree?

We are looking for people with a business acumen who are interested in marketing, sales, project management, or other commercial opportunities. As a result, we will seek candidates with a third-level degree in a relevant discipline (such as business, economics, or financial mathematics), but we will not rule out any other candidates. It’s a definite plus if you can supplement your academic credentials with some real-world experience.

How much will I be paid on the graduate programme?

This is an earn and learn programme. You’ll get a competitive remuneration package, including a laptop, phone, company benefits package. But that’s just the superficial stuff, what you ultimately get is the opportunity to kick-start a lifelong career with FDC Financial Services Ltd.

What happens next?

Once we receive all applications and videos a rigorous consideration process begins. We pride ourselves on the quality of our recruits, so bear with us. You’ve put a lot of time into submitting your application so we like to ensure we put the time into reviewing your application. When we’ve made our decision, successful applicants will be notified and invited to the assessment centre stage.

What will my working hours look like?

You will be working office hours 9.30 to 5.30.

Will I need to relocate?

The 12 month training programme is based in Cork so it is possible that you might need to relocate. Once qualified and offered a permanent position you could be assigned to any of our nationwide offices so again relocation may be a possibility then too.

How many are you recruiting?

There will be 8 to 10 candidates taken on for this training programme.


About FDC Group

FDC Group are celebrating 50 years in business in 2023, and as a whole employs more than 500 employees across 47 offices across Ireland. FDC Group is a homegrown Irish business and has been a trusted advisor for varied services in our local communities across Ireland for five decades, closely connected to the concerns, demands and future plans of its clients.

Boasting exponential growth since its inception in Dunmanway, West Cork, in 1973, FDC Group started out with no office or income, using a public phone in the village. From the outset, the business received full and total commitment from the farming community of West Cork. To this day, without their unwavering support, FDC Group would not be here.

FDC Group stands today as an organisation completely centred around helping its people succeed. Whether it’s a recent graduate or an experienced professional, FDC Group has opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

Within the FDC Group, FDC Financial Services takes centre stage, offering a financial planning service designed specifically for clients. Today, FDC Financial Services boasts one of the most highly qualified financial planning teams in Ireland, with all senior consultants certified financial planners. The company’s client-focused approach ensures that clients are at the heart of every stage of the financial planning process.

New hires joining the Financial Services team at FDC Group are immediately working alongside team members with decades of service. Their career progress is nurtured from the very beginning.

FDC Financial Services Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.