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NEW: Global standard qualification for the fixed income market revised and re-launched


ICMA Executive Education has completely revised its long established premium qualification for the fixed income market and re-launched it as the ICMA Fixed Income Certificate (FIC). The programme is available in both a classroom based and online format. Registration for both is now open.

To view the full syllabus and course details, please click here.



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The ICMA Executive Education offering

ICMA Executive Education’s courses are internationally recognised and are required training by many of our Member firms. The programmes are benchmark qualifications for both the front office and operations areas of the business and are accredited by the UK Financial Skills Partnership (FSP), the skills champion of the finance industry. The programmes combine the best of both market and academic practice and are designed to be interactive and equip participants with practical skills they can use in their day-to-day jobs.  

ICMA Executive Education is unique in that ICMA and the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading work together to deliver training courses, taught by current and former financial markets practitioners which blend practical and academic know-how, so that candidates have a thorough understanding of the topics being discussed.

The courses attract an international client base and present an opportunity to network with counterparts from a whole host of financial institutions. Delegates who benefit from our courses work in the top tier investment banks, stock exchanges, law firms and regulatory bodies.

Courses are classroom based, with some available online. All courses can be delivered in-house.


NEW: Online courses

In addition to the Fixed Income Certificate (FIC) Online Programme (formerly known as the IFID), ICMA has launched two new online learning programmes: the Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC) Online Programme and the Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC) Online Programme


Benefits of attending our courses:
  • Almost 40 years of front and back office training, driven by the needs of the financial markets
  • Market-wide recognition and approval
  • Course tutors are leading experts in their fields
  • New specialist courses added on a regular basis
  • In-house training can be tailored to each firm's individual needs
  • Highly discounted rates for ICMA Member firms

ICMA Scholarships

ICMA has launched a limited number of new scholarships for employees of member firms who are under 25 years of age. The intention is to develop the skills of people who are at the start of their careers in financial markets by encouraging access to ICMA EE courses, particularly the Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC) and Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC). There are a limited number of scholarships available for each ICMA member firm. Eligible students receive a further 50% discount from the members rate (already discounted by 30% from the non ICMA member rate) to attend the full suite of ICMA EE courses.


Programme Recognition

As a result of the continuing high standard of content within our courses, ICMA Executive Education is happy to announce that two of our Intermediate programmes are recognised by the UK’s Financial Skills Partnership (FSP) and CFA Institute.

The FIC and OCP are both included on the FSP qualifications list. The FIC for ‘Advising on securities in the wholesale market place’ and ‘Advising on derivatives in the wholesale market place’, while the OCP is included for the ‘Operations’ area.

FIC candidates qualify for 30 credit hours under the guidelines of the CFA Institute’s Continuing Education Programme while candidates who complete the OCP qualify for 29.5 credit hours.


History


Since the inception of its European Seminar in 1974, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), has been committed to providing high quality ICMA Executive Education to its members and to the market at large. The establishment by the Association of the ICMA Centre at The University of Reading in 1991, and its subsequent financial support, has succeeded in creating an institution which is setting the standards in financial markets training and education.

All of ICMA’s Executive Education training courses are under the academic supervision of the ICMA Centre and its faculty, a team comprising highly qualified academic, professional and industry experienced staff. The combination of almost four decades of market experience and academic expertise gives ICMA a unique advantage in the provision of quality training and education for the financial markets.


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ICMA Executive Education Course Listing




Level I: Introductory Programmes

Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC)
Luxembourg: 21-23 September 2015
London: 4-6 November 2015

Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC) Online Programme
Next start date: 1 July 2015 (register by 30 June)
      
Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC)
London: 28-30 September 2015
Brussels: 11-13 November 2015

Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC) Online Programme
Next start date: 1 July 2015 (register by 30 June)


Level II: Intermediate Programmes

Fixed Income Certificate (FIC)
(Formerly known as the IFID)
Barcelona: 25-31 October 2015

Fixed Income Certificate (FIC) Online Programme
(Formerly known as the IFID Online Programme)
Next start date: 1 July 2015 (register by 30 June)
 
Operations Certificate Programme (OCP)  
Brussels: 15-21 November 2015

Primary Market Certificate (PMC)
Frankfurt: 5-8 October 2015
London: 23-27 November 2015


Level III: Specialist Programmes

Fixed Income Portfolio Management
London: 17-18 June 2015

Dates for the second half of 2015 will be published shortly

An Introduction to Securitisation
TBC

Collateral Management
TBC

Corporate Actions - An Introduction
TBC

Corporate Actions - Operational Challenges
TBC

Commodities - An Introduction
TBC

Commodities - Trading and Investment Strategies
TBC

Corporate Governance and Culture
TBC

Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Operations
TBC

Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Pricing, Applications & Features
TBC

Derivative Credit Risk - Analysis and Management
TBC

Exotic Options
TBC

Inflation-linked Bonds and Structures
TBC

International repo: instrument, use, management and market
TBC

Islamic Finance & Sukuk
TBC

Measuring and Mitigating Counterparty Risk
TBC

Securities Lending & Borrowing
TBC

The ICMA Guide to best Practice in the European Repo Market
TBC

Trading and Hedging Short-Term Interest Rate Risk
TBC

Trading the Yield Curve with Interest Rate Derivatives
TBC


ICMA Executive Education Skills Courses

Mastering Mandates

London: TBC

Successful Sales
London: TBC


ICMA Executive Education reserves the right to cancel any of its training courses at any time up to one working day prior to the commencement of the course.

In the event of ICMA Executive Education cancelling one of its training courses, if payment of the course fee has already been made, the course fee will be credited to the institution or individual who has made the payment.




ICMA Executive Education Online

As part of our commitment to providing market focussed high quality education to a global audience, ICMA Executive Education is pleased to announce that several of our courses are now available as online learning programmes.

The new online courses are conducted from our new innovative, interactive software platform and provide a much more supportive candidate experience. The benefits of the online studying option include:
  • Total learning flexibility - candidates can study in their own time and from where they choose
  • Regular web based review sessions with the course online tutor
  • The ability to post questions which can be discussed with fellow students via the online campus discussion board
  • Candidates are able to create a personal profile in order to interact with other candidates, creating the feel of a virtual classroom while still studying remotely

The following courses are already available to study online, with additional programmes being made available shortly.

Level I: Introductory Programmes

Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC) Online Programme
Next start date: 1 May 2015 (register by 30 April)

Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC) Online Programme
Next start date: 1 May 2015 (register by 30 April)

Level II: Intermediate Programmes

Fixed Income Certificate (FIC) Online Programme
(Formerly known as the IFID Online Programme)
Next start date: 1 July 2015 (register by 30 June)

For further information regarding our online learning programmes, please contact education@icmagroup.org.
ICMA Executive Education offers candidates the opportunity to achieve a recognised financial markets diploma by completing courses in a defined pathway.

Relevant to all financial market practitioners, the ICMA Executive Education Diplomas provide candidates with up-to-date and practical knowledge to advance their career. Candidates will also benefit from being able to network with their industry peers.

The two diplomas focus on either Securities and Derivatives or Financial Market Operations;
Each diploma is achieved by candidates successfully completing the prescribed courses at Level I and Level II with two options taken from Level III in the same pathway.*

The table below indicates the pathway required for your chosen diploma.

*Candidates who complete the Level II and Level III requirements are not required to complete the Level I course. Candidates may choose to substitute a Level III course from the alternative pathway to complete their diploma.

 
Select your Diploma:

Diploma in Securities and Derivatives 

Level I: Introductory level programmes 3 days including exam
Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC)
Level II : Intermediate level programmes 5-6 days including exam
Fixed Income Certificate (FIC)
(Formerly known as the (IFID)

OR

Primary Market Certificate (PMC) Programme
Level III: Specialist level programmes 1-2 days (choose 2 options)
An Introduction to Securitisation
Capital Market Overview of Islamic Finance & Sukuk
Commodities - An Introduction
Commodities - Trading and Investment Strategies
Corporate Governance and Culture
Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Pricing, Applications & Features
Derivative Credit Risk - Analysis and Management
Exotic Options
Fixed Income Portfolio Management
ICMA Guide to Best Practice in the European Repo Market
Inflation-linked Bonds and Structures
Measuring and Mitigating Counterparty Risk
Trading and Hedging Short-Term Interest Rate Risk
Trading the Yield Curve with Interest Rate Derivatives

Diploma in Financial Market Operations 

Level I: Introductory level programmes 3 days including exam
Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC)
Level II : Intermediate level programmes 5-6 days including exam
Operations Certificate Programme (OCP)
Level III: Specialist level programmes 1-2 days (choose 2 options)
Collateral Management
Corporate Actions - An Introduction
Corporate Actions - Operational Challenges
Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Operations
Securities Lending & Borrowing 

 





ICMA Executive Education offers a unique scholarship programme to ICMA member firms, allowing their employees to participate in our range of leading financial market qualifications at a highly reduced cost. Aimed at candidates under the age of 25, this programme will equip the capital markets future leaders with the required knowledge and qualifications needed to meet their potential.


ICMA Executive Education Scholarship Programme Q&A

Q: What is it?
A: The ICMA EE Scholarship is a unique and valuable subsidy designed to lower the cost of attending ICMA EE open courses. The Scholarship Programme combines monetary value with educational benefit and the results may be career enhancing.
 
Q: Why are you doing it?
A: ICMA Executive Education courses set the benchmark for high quality fixed income financial training. We are committed to making ICMA EE public courses more accessible to a younger audience of future leaders. High quality financial training and executive education is highly valued by many firms and in these challenging economic times we want to do everything possible to assist our members in developing their employees’ skills.
 
Q: How does it work?
A: ICMA EE Scholarship delegates will receive a 50% subsidy applied to the existing member firm ICMA EE public course delegate rate. ICMA member firms already receive a 30% discount compared to non-member firms. In effect, an ICMA EE Scholarship delegate will actually pay 35% of the member rate and about 25% of the non-member rate.
 
Q: Who is eligible?
A: When you register for an ICMA EE public course, you must be an employee of an ICMA member firm and be aged 25 years or younger.
 
Q: Does it apply to all ICMA member firms?
A: Yes it applies to all ICMA member firms.
 
Q: Does it apply to all ICMA EE courses?

A: It applies to all ICMA EE public courses. It does not apply to bespoke courses or in-house training.
 
Q: Can I apply as many times as I want?
A: ICMA EE public courses are well attended and can be over-subscribed, so the number of ICMA EE Scholarship delegates for each public course will be limited.
 
Q: Will you also apply further multi delegate discounts?
A: We feel that the ICMA EE Scholarship programme is already heavily discounted, so further discounts will not be applied.

For a full list of courses available under the ICMA Executive Education Scholarship Programme, please click on the 'Course listing' tab at the top of the page.

If you require any further details regarding the programme please contact education@icmagroup.org.

education@icmagroup.org




David Senior

Director, Business Development, ICMA Executive Education

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Dr Michael Smith

Academic Director of ICMA Executive Education

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Stacey Donoghue

Associate, Business Development, ICMA Executive Education

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Fixed Income Certficate (FIC)