The Chartered Governance Institute’s (ICSA) suite of International Finance and Administration (IFA) qualifications provide financial services professionals with the regulatory standards organisations require. They are recognised by regulators in Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man and the British Virgin Islands, which means that an IFA qualification can increase your employability and career opportunities within your organisation and across the world.

International Finance and Administration Qualifications (IFA)

The International Finance (IFA) suite of qualifications contains core modules, with the option to tailor other modules dependent on your expertise and the experience needed for your workplace.

This qualification is recognised by regulators globally which is excellent for increasing your employability around the world.

Read more about IFA qualifications on the Chartered Governance Institute’s website.

IFA Level 4

Level 4 Award in International Finance and Administration - Core module only

Core Module (3 hour exam and recommended 300 hours of study time)

- Introducing Offshore Finance Centres
- The Legal Environment in the Offshore Financial Services Sector
- Taxation in Offshore Finance Centres
- Banking in Offshore Finance Centres
- Regulation and Supervision of Offshore Finance Centres
- Creating a Valid Trust
- Companies and Company Law
- Other Vehicles and Trust and Company Administration

Level 4 Subsidiary Certificate in International Finance, Accounting and Administration - Core and accounting modules

Accounting (1 hour 30 exam and recommended 150 hours of study time)

- The Accounting Environment
- Recording Financial Information
- Accounting Controls
- Reporting and Analysing Financial Information

Level 4 Subsidiary Certificate in International Finance, Investment and Administration - Core and Investment modules

Investment (1 hour 30 exam and recommended 150 hours of study time)

- The Investment Scene
- Company Formation and Value
- Markets, Foreign Exchange and Derivative Products
- Bonds and Investments

Level 4 Certificate in International Finance and Administration - Core, Accounting and Investment modules

If you would like to see the full syllabus for each module please click here.

By completing all the above exams you will become eligible for studying the IFA Level 5 qualification.

You can find out more about IFA Level 4 qualifications on the The Chartered Governance Institute's website.

IFA Level 5

You will need to have a recognised finance qualification in order to proceed with this qualification. Please click here to see if you are eligible to complete the Level 5.

This qualification builds on the IFA Level 4 qualification and provides a more detailed structure that again can be tailored to suit the needs of different sectors and areas of work including, fund administration, business management and financial reporting and governance.

Level 5 Advanced Certificate in International Finance and Administration - Compulsory module only

Trust and Company (3 hour exam and 150 hours of study time)(Compulsory)

- Introducing Trusts
- Directors, Companies and Company Officers
- Trust and Company Administration
- Reviews, Record Keeping and Decision Making
- Regulation of Offshore Service Providers
- Taxation and Tax Planning

Level 5 Subsidiary Diploma in International Finance and Administration - Compulsory module plus two of the following three modules

Financial Reporting and Governance (3 hour exam and 150 hours of study time)

- The Form and Content of Financial Statements
- Understanding and Analysing Financial Statements
- Trust Accounts and Other Forms of Entity
- Corporate Governance

Fund Administration (3 hour exam and 150 hours of study time)

- Understanding the Investment Environment 
- Fund Administration and Regulation
- Fund Products and Services
- Fund Sector Regulation

Business Management (3 hour exam and 150 hours of study time)

- Management and Leadership
- Business Structures and Functions
- Business Strategy
- Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Change

Level 5 Diploma in International Finance and Administration - Compulsory module plus all three options

You can find out more about IFA Level 5 qualifications on the The Chartered Governance Institute's website.

If you would like to see the full syllabus for each module please click here.

By completing all of the above qualifications you will obtain a regulator approved qualification that will enhance your career prospects whilst having in depth knowledge of specialist topics.

To find out more please visit the ICSA Website.

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