Online Self-Study
Start date: 1 July
Duration: 6 weeks (recommended)

Online Self-Study
Start date: 1 August
Duration: 6 weeks (recommended)


*Limited time offer: ICMA Members pay EUR 500 (VAT not applicable)

The Financial Markets Foundation Qualification (FMFQ) is an introductory level programme intended for anyone entering a career in the financial markets. It introduces participants to the main features of the capital markets and explores how and why they are used. The course also looks at a range of financial products incl. debt, equity, FX and derivatives and consider their uses.

The programme is intended to provide ‘breadth of knowledge’ to make it relevant to people pursuing careers in the front office, middle office and operations areas. The syllabus content places an even emphasis on introducing and explaining the key concepts of each subject area to develop candidates’ practical knowledge and skill sets.

Learning Outcomes

By completing this course you will be able to:

  • Recognise the key players in the financial markets including issuers, investors and intermediaries
  • Be cognisant of the interaction between cash and derivative markets
  • Identify the key features of both equity and debt products
  • Recognise the structure of the FX market

Who should attend?

The qualification is relevant to a wide range of job functions and areas; anyone who would benefit from an understanding of financial markets, participants and products – and how they all come together. Candidates come from organisations involved in both the sell-side and buy-side of the industry plus insurance, accounting, IT firms supporting the industry and the financial press.

The syllabus does not assume any prior study or work experience other than a general knowledge of mathematics such as basic algebra and statistics.


The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions of which candidates must answer a minimum of 30 questions correctly, with a score of 45 or more earning a distinction. You will have six months in which to study the material, book and complete an online, fully invigilated exam.

We use a third-party exam invigilation service called ProctorU to administer the exams on our assessed courses. We recommend you take a few minutes to watch this video before you take your exam, which provides information on what to expect on the day. You can also take a look at some further information here.

More information regarding your specific exam will be available in the Exam Orientation page on Moodle, the ICMA training platform.


Certification and Programme Recognition

This course is certified by ICMA and the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School, University of Reading and accredited by CPD® Certification Service.

ICMA recommends that 24 learning hours can be associated with this course, based on attended/undertaken hours of study required to successfully complete the learning outcomes.

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who successfully pass the final exam of this course – see Assessment section for more details.

ICMA is a member of the CPD® Certification Service, an FCA-approved qualifications provider and approved by the Securities & Futures Commission of Hong Kong as provider of Continuous Professional Training (CPT).

Please note that your course certificate of attendance or completion should be sufficient to satisfy any professional development requirements – if you require further evidence, please contact us at
Course Trainer

The course syllabus is divided into the following key topic areas:

Section 1 - Overview of the Financial Markets

  • Background to the capital markets
  • Key Players
  • Trade Flow

Section 2 – FX

  • Introduction to the Foreign Exchange Markets
  • Spot FX
  • Cross Rates
  • Forward FX

Section 3 – Debt

  • Basic Principles of Debt Products
  • Money Markets
  • Long-term Debt

Section 4 – Equities

  • Core Features of Equity Products
  • Issuance and Trading Practice
  • Equity Valuation

Section 5 – Derivatives

  • Basics of the Derivatives Market
  • Forwards
  • Futures
  • Options

Online Course

Delegates who sign up to online courses will have access for 6 months to enable them to take advantage of the additional online resources, discussion boards and other functions of our new digital learning platform.

*Online course fees

Limited time offer:
ICMA Members pay EUR 500 (VAT not applicable)

Non-members: EUR 1,200 (VAT not applicable)

Costs include full access to the online campus, associated learning materials and the examination fee.


Please note that:
  • Payment for online courses must be received before the start of the course.
  • All payments must be made in Euro.


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