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Asset Management

Who is this programme for?
Post-financial crisis, financial services firms are exposed to significant conduct risk and it has become increasingly important that individuals in a client facing role understand the complex nature of products they manage and/or advise on. Additionally, managers/advisors must have complete knowledge of the fundamental principles underpinning investment products to mitigate clients' risks. The Professional Certificate in Asset Management has been designed in response to Banking and Insurance industry needs to upskill managers/advisors, above and beyond the minimum competence code requirements, in the area of investment advice.

How you will benefit
This programme has been designed for those satisfying the Minimum Competency Code (MCC) of the Financial Regulator who wish to progress their knowledge and skills in the specific area of investment and asset management to that of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), the world's most widely respect financial planning designation. The programme integrates both theoretical and practical aspects of investment and asset management. It will provide a detailed examination of the theoretical and practical elements of investment assets, investment markets and market participants. It also provides the first stepping-stone to those considering taking the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and the full CFP® designation.

Graduates who successfully complete the programme and hold the QFA designation are eligible to apply for the Specialist Investment Adviser (SIA) designation.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the programme are:

•Relevant Honours business degree (H2.2 minimum); or

•Equivalent relevant professional qualification (e.g.) Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA), with three years relevant work experience obtained in the banking or financial services industry, AITI Chartered Tax Advisers (CTAs), accountants, solicitors and barristers.

Professional body membership
You must be a member, or become a member of the LIA or the Institute of Banking to undertake this programme.


One academic semester (12 lecture weeks)

Lectures will be offered on a part-time basis in the following locations (subject to demand):

Further enquiries

Address: IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)1 6116500
Fax: +353 (0)1 6116565

Subjects taught

You will study one module:
•Asset Management (NFQ Level 9, 10 ECTS)


When you successfully complete this module, you will be awarded the Professional Certificate in Asset Management (level 9) from UCD.

Assessment method

Assessment is a combination of continuous assessment and end of semester exams.

Course fee

The programme fee is €1,100.

Enrolment and start dates

Please contact the course provider for the next enrolment and start date.

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