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ICMA Executive Education offers candidates the opportunity to achieve a recognised financial markets diploma by completing courses in a defined pathway.

Relevant to all financial market practitioners, the ICMA Executive Education Diplomas provide candidates with up-to-date and practical knowledge to advance their career. Candidates will also benefit from being able to network with their industry peers.

The two diplomas focus on either Securities and Derivatives or Financial Market Operations.

Each diploma is achieved by candidates successfully completing the prescribed courses at Level I and Level II with two options taken from Level III in the same pathway.*

*Candidates who complete the Level II and Level III requirements are not required to complete the Level I course. Candidates may choose to substitute a Level III course from the alternative pathway to complete their diploma.

Once a candidate successfully completes their chosen ICMA Diploma, they will receive a 10% discount for life on all additional ICMA Executive Education courses that they choose to study. This discount is in addition to any other discount that may be applicable such as those associated with ICMA membership and participation in the ICMA Scholarship programme.

The table below indicates the pathway required for your chosen diploma:

Diploma in Securities and Derivatives Diploma in Financial Market Operations
Level I: Introductory level programmes 3 days including exam
Financial Markets Foundation Course (FMFC)
Introduction to Fixed Income (IFI)
Introduction to Primary Markets (IPM)
Securities Operations Foundation Course (SOFC)
Level II : Intermediate level programmes 5-6 days including exam
Fixed Income Certificate (FIC)
(Formerly known as the (IFID)


Primary Market Certificate (PMC)
Operations Certificate Programme (OCP)
Level III: Specialist level programmes 1-2 days (choose 2 options)
An Introduction to Securitisation
Commodities - An Introduction
Commodities - Trading and Investment Strategies
Corporate Governance and Culture
Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Pricing, Applications & Features
Derivative Credit RiskĀ - Analysis and Management
Fixed Income Portfolio Management
ICMA Guide to Best Practice in the European Repo Market
Inflation-linked Bonds and Structures
Islamic Finance & Sukuk
Measuring and Mitigating Counterparty Risk
Trading and Hedging Short-Term Interest Rate Risk
Trading the Yield Curve with Interest Rate Derivatives
Collateral Management
Corporate Actions - An Introduction
Corporate Actions - Operational Challenges
Credit Default Swaps (CDS) - Operations
Securities Lending & Borrowing - Operational Challenges

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