Investment Advisor Certification (IAC)

The Investment Advisor Certification (IAC) consists of three units, "Introduction to UK Regulations and Professional Integrity", "Introduction to Investment Risk and Taxation" and "Introduction to Derivatives", giving our students comprehensive knowledge and a good understanding. Approximate total study time is 140 hours per unit

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What will I learn?
  • Introduction to UK Regulation & Professional Integrity
  • Introduction to Investment Risk & Taxation
  • Introduction to Derivatives

Curriculum for this course
25 Chapters
Introduction to UK Regulation and Professional Integrity
10 Chapters
  • Chapter 1 Financial Markets in the UK
  • Chapter 2 Financial Services & Risks in the UK
  • Chapter 3 Legal Framework on Contract & Trust
  • Chapter 4 Ethics & Professionalism
  • Chapter 5 The UK Financial Services Regulators
  • Chapter 6 FCA & PRA Governance, Principles & Rules
  • Chapter 7 FCA & PRA Competence of Companies & Individuals
  • Chapter 8 Financial Crime Regulations
  • Chapter 9 Complaints & Redress
  • Chapter 10 FCA Conduct of Business Sourcebook (COBS)
  • Chapter 1 Asset Classes
  • Chapter 2 The Macroeconomic Environment
  • Chapter 3 Principles of Investment Risk and Return
  • Chapter 4 Taxation of Investors and Investments
  • Chapter 5 Investment Products
  • Chapter 6 Portfolio Construction and Planning
  • Chapter 7 Investment Advice
  • Chapter 8 Portfolio Performance and Review
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Derivatives
  • Chapter 2 Futures and Forwards
  • Chapter 3 Options
  • Chapter 4 Gearing
  • Chapter 5 Liquidity
  • Chapter 6 Over-the-Counter v Exchange Traded Products
  • Chapter 7 Markets & Participants
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The CIFA Investment Advisor Certificate (IAC) programme is an in-depth, graduate entry-level certification designed to give our financial students a structured e-learning programme that introduces them to the UK regulations and professional ethics; investment risk and taxation: and derivatives - all of which are critical elements of continuing professional development within the investment profession. 


The CIFA Investment Advisor Certificate is suitable for  graduates, beginning their career, who need to enhance their knowledge and showcase their commitment to further development in the financial industry, prior to undertaking FCA regulated qualifications.

Unit 1 "Introduction to UK Financial Regulation & Professional Integrity" consists of 10 chapters covering:

Financial Markets in the UK

Financial Services & Risk in the UK

Legal Framework on Contract & Trust

Ethics & Professionalism

UK Financial Services Regulators

FCA & PRA Governance, Principles & Rules

FCA & PRA Competence of Companies & Individuals

Financial Crime Regulations

Complaints & Redress

FCA Conduct of Business Sourcebook (COBS)

Unit 2 "Introduction to Investment Risk & Taxation" consists of 8 chapters covering:

Asset Classes

The Macroeconomic Environment

Principles of Investment Risk & Return

Taxation of Investors & Investments

Investment Products

Portfolio Construction & Planning

Investment Advice

Portfolio Performance & Review

Unit 3 "Derivatives" consists of 7 chapters covering:

Introduction to Derivatives

Futures & Forwards




Over-the-Counter v Exchange Traded Products

Markets & Participants

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The CIFA is proud to be providing professional online study solutions worldwide.

The Certified Institute for Further Accreditation (CIFA) is a training provider that develops professional certifications, tailored to highly specialist fields of employment.

Our entry-level certifications are designed to enable students to develop a basic knowledge of their specialist field prior to sitting professional qualifications by awarding bodies.

We focus on hard to enter niche industries including finance, languages and health and business-related topics.

We work with academics from universities worldwide and industry experts to author our certification programmes and pride ourselves on our dedication to the development of our students.

The CIFA is a name in education that you can rely on for professional development and globally recognised qualifications.

We believe in the sharing of knowledge and providing the world with the highest standards of education across various sectors.

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