GUIDE TO THE CERTIFIED INVESTMENT AND FINANCIAL ANALYSTS (CIFA) EXAMINATION
The Institute of Investment Professionals (IIP) was registered on 22 July 1997 under section 10 of the Societies Act (Cap.108) of the Laws of Kenya.
The main objective of the Institute is to develop a professional designation to further enhance training for capital market participants in the East African Region. Investment and Securities Analysts examination is at technician and professional levels. The qualification is intended for specialists in financial and security analysis.
A SYNOPSIS OF THE CERTIFIED INVESTMENT AND FINANCIAL ANALYSTS (CIFA) EXAMINATION
The CIFA examination is held twice yearly in June and December. The examination is divided into three parts of two sections each. Each section consists of three papers. A candidate may attempt two sections in a part together or separately in ascending order but before proceeding to the next part, a candidate must pass the lower part.
The examination is rigorous and standards are high and therefore a candidate is advised to devote approximately the equivalent of eighteen months of full time study for each part of the examination. Ideally therefore, a student should be able to complete the CIFA examination in between four and a half and six years.
A student should programme the studies in such a way that makes it possible to take and pass the three parts in a duration of between four and a half and six years following the date of registration as a student of KASNEB. In this way, a candidate will be able to set aside three years as a margin of safety in case of unforeseen circumstances in the preparation for the examination.
Holders of the final CIFA certificate are eligible for admission to pursue masters and other higher degrees in reputable universities both in Kenya and foreign countries.
Students taking the CIFA examination are advised to look for ways and means of acquiring practical experience so that they can match progress in the examination with competence in performance of duties in the work environment.
The following are the papers contained in each part of the CIFA examination:
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Mathematics
- Entrepreneurship and Communication
- Financial Institutions and Markets
- Public Finance and Taxation
- Regulation of Financial Markets
- Corporate Finance
- Financial Statements Analysis
- Equity Investments Analysis
- Portfolio Management
- Quantitative Analysis
- Strategy, Governance and Ethics
- Fixed Income Investments Analysis
- Alternative Investments Analysis
- Advanced Portfolio Management
- International Finance
- Derivatives Analysis