"The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) is one of the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of major financial centres round the world. Evolved from the London Stock Exchange, we now have more than 40,000 members in 89 countries. In the past year, we set almost 40,000 examinations in 49 countries, covering a range of vocational qualifications." says the official website www.cisi.org
CISI offers various programs on financial markets. It offers certifications programs in subjects like derivatives, investment management, wealth management etc.There are different stages of certifications offered by CISI. Starting from foundation level programs to post graduate level, the program offered by CISI require different level of depth and understanding. Details of all these programs are available on the website mentioned above. CISI programs have global focus though the majority of the content of various programs is related to functioning UK and US securities market.However, brief coverage on markets like Japan and emerging markets like India is also part of some of the certifications offered by CISI.
If you are a new comer in the BFSI domain of an IT company or working for back office processing ( BPO ) in financial services domain, it would make sense to attempt one of these certifications. However, these certifications come at cost and are priced at Rs. 10000 to Rs. 50000.It is possible to enrol online into CISI certifications. Also exmainations can also be written from different locations. Most of the examinations follow multiple choice questions. The first requirement for enrolment is to obtain membership of CISI. To this an amount needs to be paid by the person who wishes to enrol for certifications.The examinations are conducted on all working days and throughout the year (barring some diploma programs).
CISI certification can indeed be useful for those who wish to acquire understanind of UK and USA financial markets. This will be even more useful for BPO and IT company employees who want to understand how these markets function.
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