About Us

About Us

What we do

We believe that there has to be an easier way of studying to pass an R0 exam, rather than just using a highlighter pen and a study text. Any R0 exam will take 50-100 hours of study. But success is not only about ‘how much?’, it’s about ‘how effective?’

The R0 audio study guides are produced by The Patterson Group who are the market leaders in audio MP3 support for both the R0 and AF exams. Our material is available to purchase either through ourselves or via the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

We also provide a wide range of other support to financial adviser firms and to other leading names within UK industry. Click here for further details.

Who we are

The Patterson Group was founded by Ian Patterson over 27 years ago. In addition to providing unique audio study guides, our experienced training team  provide training to hundreds of people a year who are  sitting CII exams. Most of these trainers either are (or have been) past CII examiners. Not only this, they are also subject matter experts who are able to communicate in a clear and interesting way.

Ian is the author of eight study texts for various professional institutes, including three current texts for the CII. He is Chartered, a Chief Examiner, an ex-IFA and an author of eight study texts.

What people say about us

“Thank you for your help and assistance which enabled me to pass my exams. Having failed on two previous occasions I was determined to make it third time lucky. With the assistance of the audio course I was able to study in a time to suit me (i.e. while driving to and from work). It was set out in easy to listen to /bite size chunks which made covering what is a horrible syllabus much easier. I really feel that the audio course was the difference in me passing.”

Phil O’Connor, Director Whitewell Financial Planning Limited

“You will be pleased to hear that I have passed my AF exam. I could not have done this without your training, of that I am in no doubt. I want to thank you personally for your assistance here. The course was superb, by far the best that I have attended, and your knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject is commendable.”

Sam Gibson, Chartered Financial Planner

Join the 36,000 previous users.
Over 80% of our users passed their R0 exams*.
The original and best – providing audio material for over 21 years.
95% of our users felt our audio material had helped them to study for their R0 exam*.
The audio material is written by the authors of six current CII study texts.
*Results based on a survey in 2017 of people who have purchased our audio MP3 material.