Financial Risk Manager- FRM Exam Prep, Part 1 (Live Online)

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FRM Exam Prep Overview

Recognized in every major market, the Financial Risk Management is the leading certification for risk managers. It is consistently in demand by nearly every major bank and firm in the world and is awarded only to professionals who demonstrate the knowledge and ability to anticipate, respond, and adapt to critical risk issues.

There's never been a more crucial time to stand out. As the financial industry becomes increasingly competitive, the professionals who succeed are the ones who can demonstrate their ability to add value to an organization. Earning your FRM proves that your knowledge and skills are up to the latest international standards, and connects you to an elite network of expert risk professionals employed by the world's leading institutions.

As one of the field's leading designations, the FRM is a key indicator of a skilled and experienced candidate. FRM certification is awarded after a candidate has passed two rigorous multiple-choice exams (FRM Exam Part I and Part II) and demonstrated two years of relevant work experience. Candidates must take the FRM Exam Part I before taking Part II. Certified FRMs are strongly encouraged to earn 40 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every two years to maintain the latest best practices in risk management.

To be a certified FRM, you need to understand credit and market risks and successfully pass the FRM exams (Part 1 and Part 2). This Exam Prep course will help students to prepare for Part 1 of the FRM exam. This prep course covers the Foundations of Risk Management, the tools used to assess financial risk, quantitative analysis, financial markets and products, and valuation and risk models. The exam consists of 100 equally weighted questions and students have four hours to complete the exam. Both parts of the FRM Exam are offered twice a year, in May and November.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, students will have:

  • Prepared to complete the FRM exam Part 1
  • Improved knowledge of Financial Management and Risk Management
  • Increased their knowledge of valuation and risk models
  • The ability to explain the foundations of risk management
  • The skills needed to perform quantitative analysis
  • Increased knowledge of financial markets and risk strategies

Topics Covered

Foundations of Risk Management

  • Basic risk types, measurement and management tools
  • Creating value with risk management
  • Risk governance and corporate governance
  • Credit risk transfer mechanisms
  • The Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM)
  • Risk-adjusted performance measurement
  • Multifactor models
  • Data aggregation and risk reporting
  • Financial disasters and risk management failures
  • Ethics and the GARP Code of Conduct

Quantitative Analysis

  • Discrete and continuous probability distributions
  • Estimating the parameters of distributions
  • Population and sample statistics
  • Bayesian analysis
  • Statistical inference and hypothesis testing
  • Measures of correlation
  • Linear regression with single and multiple regressors
  • Time series analysis and forecasting
  • Simulation methods

Financial Markets and Products

  • Structures and functions of financial institutions
  • Structure and mechanics of OTC and exchange markets
  • Structure, mechanics, and valuation of forwards, futures, swaps and options
  • Hedging with derivatives
  • Interest rates and measures of interest rate sensitivity
  • Foreign exchange risk
  • Corporate bonds
  • Mortgage-backed securities

Valuation and Risk Models

  • Value-at-Risk (VaR)
  • Expected shortfall (ES)
  • Estimating volatility and correlation
  • Economic and regulatory capital
  • Stress testing and scenario analysis
  • Option valuation
  • Fixed income valuation
  • Hedging
  • Country and sovereign risk models and management
  • External and internal credit ratings
  • Expected and unexpected losses
  • Operational risk


Subject to change without notice

Chris Swan

Chris Swan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a Certified General Accountant (CGA), has her MBA from Royal Roads University and is a Certified Executive Coach. With over twenty-five years of experience in corporate accounting and finance experience in a variety of industries, she has earned a reputation for being able to transition methods from one industry and apply them to another. Since 2012, she has been working in the credit union systems in British Columbia and Alberta, specializing in corporate finance, risk and asset management. As an educator, Chris has the ability to make complicated financial concepts understandable in order to help her students succeed. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with her students.

Continuing Professional Development

This FRM Exam Prep course has been approved for 20 CE credits by CECAP/IIROC.

Who Will Benefit From The Course

Future credit risk and market risk professionals or aspiring portfolio managers who want to understand the risks they are taking. By achieving your FRM certification, you will be joining a worldwide network of professionals in more than 190 countries and territories that can expand your professional opportunities throughout your career.


Live Online


  • Coming again in 2023
    • Students must devote at least 3 hours per week to attend live webinars
    • Webinars will be held on Mondays from 4:00 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

  • GARP approved calculator; BA II Plus Professional is preferred
  • FRM Part 1 Textbook


The registration fee for this course is $890.

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 and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.

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