Course Content & Exams

The common knowledge exams are divided into two levels - the Foundation and Final Level. Examined are essential skills and knowledge required for professionals working in investment markets common in all countries.

The national / regional exam is set by individual national / regional societies and examines knowledge of specific markets. Covered are the legal, regulation, taxation, local market practices and the cultural environment of the financial market of study.

Foundation level:

Exam Format: multiple choice, calculation, discursive and short essay questions.

Exam 1

3H10

  • Equity valuation and analysis
  • Financial accounting and statement analysis
  • Corporate Finance

Exam 2

2H40

  • Fixed income valuation and analysis
  • Economics

Exam 3

3H10

  • Derivative valuation and analysis
  • Portfolio management

Graduates who already have relevant qualifications may be exempt from the Foundation Level exams. Contact your local national / regional society for further details.

Final level

Exam Format: full and mini-case study questions and in-depth essay.

Exam 1

3H

  • Corporate finance
  • Economics
  • Financial accounting and statement analysis
  • Equity valuation and analysis

Exam 2

3H

  • Fixed income valuation and analysis
  • Derivative valuation and analysis
  • Portfolio management

National / Regional Exam

Set by individual national/regional societies and examines knowledge of specific markets. Covered are the legal, regulation, taxation, local market practices and the cultural environment of the financial market of study.

Exam 1

3H

  • Regulation
  • Ethics
  • Financial statements analysis
  • Market structures and instruments

Exam Making

All CIIA exams are provided by the AZEK - the centre for international examinations in Switzerland. The CIIA International Examination Committee is made up of professionals from within the industry who are associated with the Swiss Examinations Centre.

Rules and Regulations

Download the Rules and Regulations of the CIIA examinations here.

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  • the exam syllabus
  • sample exams
  • common knowledge topics and readings
  • and reference literature

 

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