The CIIA® is an internationally recognised advanced professional qualification for individuals working in the finance and investment industry.
The CIIA is achieved by passing the examinations set by a team of international and local experts under the auspices of the Association of Certified International Investment Analysts ACIIA®.
The ACIIA is an international association made up of independent Federations and national/regional societies, the professional industry associations which represent finance and investment analysts.
The ACIIA was established in 2000 as a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee, and is registered in Switzerland.
The ACIIA currently consists of 23 national/regional societies and 1 Federation.
As an internationally recognised qualification, the CIIA will be particularly useful for you if you ever intend to work overseas or for an institute which has international operations.
Once you have obtained the CIIA, your current or potential future employers can be confident that you have both the highest level of theoretical and practical international and national knowledge to operate in their particular geographic location. Achieving the CIIA opens the door to your international career.
The CIIA is awarded to successful candidates who:
Training for all levels may be available through your national/regional society
Exams are scheduled twice per year in March and September. The first final level exams were held in March 2001.
Once enrolled, you can take the exam in your choice from one of 11 languages - in any exam centre, should the demands of your work require it.
National/regional societies administer their own fee and payment requirements, so please contact a participating national/regional society for further details.
Each national/regional society is responsible for admitting candidates to the CIIA exams and have established candidate requirements according to local conditions. Contact a participating national/regional society for admission requirements to the CIIA exams.
The international content for the international Common Knowledge exams is set by a committee of professors and practitioners from around the world, formally referred to as the International Examinations Committee (IEC)
The national/regional specific examination is set by the local national/regional society in each country and has to be approved by the IEC. This examination covers regulation, ethics, financial statements and market structure.
The International Examinations Committee (IEC) is responsible for ensuring that the examinations are of high quality and a high standard.
Over the past five years the IEC has been working in conjunction with the Centre for International Examinations in Switzerland on the development of the CIIA exams. The IEC members represent the highest level of excellence in their knowledge of international investment, and also include professors with expertise in establishing and managing high level academic and industry based examinations.
The Centre for International Examinations has drawn upon the established expertise of the Swiss Training Centre for Investment Professionals, which has considerable experience in conducting examinations in several languages. At present their highly respected examinations are conducted in English, French, German and Italian.
National/Regional societies either provide or recommend training programmes to assist candidates to study and prepare for the exams.