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The CFA Certification Level 1

CFADuring the whole year, students will be trained to prepare and to obtain the CFA Certification level 1.

The CFA Certification is the most widely known and respected investment credential in the world.

Employers recognize the CFA as a reliable way to differentiate the most qualified, up-to-date and determined job applicants.

It provides the skills needed to succeed in the workplace and it demonstrates the persistence, flexibility and hard work required of today's investment professionals. It also evolves to include new tools, ideas, frontier concepts and lessons to reflect the dynamic and complex nature of the global investment profession.

If you want to work abroad, it is the perfect passport.

Through 96 hours compulsory classroom courses and training (48 hours in the first semester, 48 hours in the second), you will get an outstanding success rate during the examination in May.

The CFA programme is made up of 10 modules:

  • Ethical and Professional standards
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics
  • Financial reporting and analysis
  • Corporate finance
  • Equity investments
  • Fixed income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative investments
  • Portfolio management

The AMF Certification

AMFThe new AMF regulation requires that anyone who works with financial instruments demonstrate a minimum level of knowledge. This regulation applies to employees of investment and retail banking, asset management companies, brokerage companies or any Investment Services Provider (ISP) which markets financial products or processes, e.g. mutual funds, and advises clients.

French legislation requires since January 30th, 2009 that: "The Investment Service Provider ensures that individuals under its authority or work on its behalf are qualified and have a sufficient level of knowledge" (General Regulations of the AMF, art. 313-7-3).

Through innovative pedagogy combined with classroom courses (24 hours during the first semester and 24 hours during the second), students will be trained by senior professionals in order to obtain this certified examination.

Here are some modules of this Certification:

  • The back office
  • The institutional and regulation context in France, in Europe and abroad
  • The running and the organisation of the markets
  • Ethical practices and conformity
  • Financial instruments and risks
  • Market abuse regulation

The FRM Certification (FRM)

FRMWithin the last 10 years, the financial industry became increasingly concerned about managing risk. The FRM offers the opportunity to show your skills in risk management and is proof that you have had your knowledge validated by the leading organization in the field and in accordance to international professional standards.

The FRM exam gives you the opportunity to become part of an elite group of skilled professionals, sought after and employed by the leading financial institutions in the world.

The FRM has big differences but also big similarities with the CFA exam and these certifications are not mutually exclusive. The biggest difference between the two certifications lies in the specialties offered by the qualifications. While the CFA is more general in nature than the FRM as it concentrates on subjects that are more general in application and ensures an understanding of many facets of the financial industry, the FRM concentrates on more specific issues as it specifically focuses on risk management.

The course topics included in the FRM includes:

  • market risk measurement and management
  • credit risk management
  • risk management and investment
  • current financial market issues

Therefore The FRM has a tighter scope and offers more focused opportunities within the risk sectors of the financial industry. The FRM opens doors to careers involving the management or assessment of risk within the financial industry.

The UK Regulatory Certificate

This unit of the Capital Markets Programme of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) ensures candidates have an understanding of the regulations and legislation that underpin financial markets in the conduct of investment business in the UK.

The Online preparation will cover the following elements:

  • The Regulatory Environment in the UK
  • The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and Financial Services Act 2012
  • Associated Legislation and Regulation
  • The FCA Conduct of Business Sourcebook / Client Assets
  • Complaints and Redress

The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) is the examining body for this certificate. The training will be completed Online with FitchLearning, a CISI Accredited Training Partner during semester 2.