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There are many programs and courses available for finance professionals that can help them advance their careers. Earning a Mutual Funds licence is one of the ways of getting ahead in today’s competitive financial services landscape.
Two courses can enable financial professionals to earn their Mutual Funds Licence: the Canadian Investment Funds Course (CIFC) and the Canadian Securities Course (CSC). While these two courses often appear to be quite similar, there are important differences that prospective students need to know before making a decision.
The CIFC is offered through the Institute of Financial Services Education (IFSE), the education arm of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC)). The course is available at two educational institutions in BC, one being Ashton College. Designed to follow the typical process used with clients in the real world, the Canadian Investment Funds course includes studies of the following topics: regulatory environment, registrant responsibilities, suitability, economic factors and financial markets, types of investments, types of mutual funds, portfolio management, mutual fund administration, retirement, taxation and making recommendations.
Depending upon the educational institution and format chosen for study (online or in-class), the course duration will differ. At Ashton College, the 33-hours long course is delivered in-class. Successful completion of the CIFC exam meets the proficiency requirement of the provincial securities commissions for a Mutual Funds licence.
The Canadian Securities Course (CSC) looks at investing from a broader, more detailed perspective. The CSC is delivered through education institutions like Ashton College, while the exam is conducted through the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI). This course covers the Canadian investment marketplace, economy, investment products, the corporation, investment analysis, portfolio analysis, analysis of managed products, and working with the client.
The CSC course at Ashton College is 12-weeks long and is delivered in-class. Once the course is completed, students will be able to proceed with writing the CSC exams through CSI to apply for a Mutual Funds licence.
There are certain similarities between the CIFC and CSC. Both courses:
The differences between the Canadian Investment Funds course and the Canadian Securities course are as follows:
Those interested in adding a Mutual Funds licence to their qualification should consider their goals and determine whether they want to pursue CIFC or CSC. Because Ashton College offers both these courses, the school can provide insight into which option may be most suitable for your desired career path.