CIFC®: Canadian Investment Funds Course (Live Online)

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    (Live Online)

  • Duration:

    33 hours

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Part Time: February 17, 2021 – April 28, 2021

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The Canadian Investment Funds Course (CIFC) provides students with in-depth knowledge of mutual funds. This course is delivered in partnership with the IFSE Institute.

Students will be taught about the various types of mutual funds, the forms to evaluate performance and client’s objectives. This course focuses on case studies and the real-life issues relating to mutual funds sales and individual compliance. By the end of the course, students will have a solid foundation of what they need to know to be a dealing representative in mutual funds.

The sequence of instruction mirrors the process normally followed with clients in the real world. Lessons provide multiple and concurrent challenges that require integrating many different skills and putting theoretical knowledge into practice. The result is a complete picture of how to structure various solutions for diverse client needs.

The successful completion of the CIFC exam meets the proficiency requirement by the provincial securities commissions for mutual fund licencing.

Topics Covered/Learning Objectives

Unit 1: Regulatory Environment

  • Lesson 1: Regulatory Bodies
  • Lesson 2: Regulations

Unit 2: Registrant Responsibilities

  • Lesson 1: Ethics
  • Lesson 2: Compliance
  • Lesson 3: Compliance Issues
  • Lesson 4: Registration Requirements

Unit 3: Suitability

  • Lesson 1: Strategic Investment Planning (SIP)
  • Lesson 2: Suitability Requirement
  • Lesson 3: Know Your Client (KYC)
  • Lesson 4: Know Your Product (KYP)
  • Lesson 5: Assessing Suitability

Unit 4: Economic Factors and Financial Markets

  • Lesson 1: Economic Factors
  • Lesson 2: Financial Markets
  • Lesson 3: Canada’s Financial System

Unit 5: Types of Investments

  • Lesson 1: Building Blocks of Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 2: Fixed Income Securities
  • Lesson 3: Bonds
  • Lesson 4: Equities
  • Lesson 5: Derivatives

Unit 6: Types of Mutual Funds

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 2: Mutual Fund Categories
  • Lesson 3: Conservative Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 4: Growth-Oriented Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 5: Competitive Products

Unit 7: Portfolio Management

  • Lesson 1: The Portfolio Manager
  • Lesson 2: Financial Analysis
  • Lesson 3: Mutual Fund Performance and Risk

Unit 8: Mutual Funds Administration

  • Lesson 1: Mutual Fund Organization
  • Lesson 2: Purchasing Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 3: Redeeming Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 4: Fee Structure
  • Lesson 5: Disclosure
  • Lesson 6: Account Types

Unit 9: Retirement

  • Lesson 1: Government and Employer Plans
  • Lesson 2: Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)
  • Lesson 3: Withdrawing from RRSPs
  • Lesson 4: Locked-In Accounts

Unit 10: Taxation

  • Lesson 1: Canadian Tax System
  • Lesson 2: Taxation of Investment Income
  • Lesson 3: Taxation of Mutual Funds

Unit 11: Making Recommendations

  • Lesson 1: Evaluating the Client
  • Lesson 2: Selecting Mutual Funds
  • Lesson 3: Asset Allocation
  • Lesson 4: Tax-Efficient Strategies


Live Online

Part Time:

  • February 17, 2021 – April 28, 2021
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held Wednesdays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm PST
    • Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities

Required Materials

Students are required to register and make payment to IFSE to obtain access to all required materials and textbooks; registration details will be emailed to students by Student Services


The registration fee for this course is $378.

Technical Requirements

Live Online Students

Ashton College uses web conferencing tools to help instructors and students connect and collaborate live online. For the online classes, students need to have a fully functional computer system with a webcam, speakers and microphone or headset and headphones, along with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Though the classes can be accessed using smartphones and tablets, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer for a better learning experience.

This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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