The ICMA Fixed Income Certificate (FIC) has been an essential qualification for market professionals for 50 years. With its emphasis on developing practical skills for trading, investment and risk management, the training will build upon your existing knowledge of the fixed income markets to give you the skills to compete in the global marketplace.
This is a demanding qualification aimed at developing a broad and in-depth knowledge of the key fixed income instruments and markets. Throughout the training there are many exercises which test and assess candidates’ knowledge, examining scenarios which will equip participants with practical skills in their day-to-day business activity.
By completing the course you will be able to:
- Develop a broad knowledge of fixed income markets and credit products
- Understand at a deeper level the relationship between cash bond and derivatives markets
- Be proficient in the basic maths of the fixed income and derivatives market
- Be able to develop and apply rates trading and hedging techniques
- Understand structured securities, CDS and Interest Rate Derivatives and their uses
- Have an up to date working knowledge of current best market practice and regulatory considerations for fixed income and derivative markets
- Be part of a network of fixed income professionals around the world
Who should attend?
The programme is primarily intended for those working in client or market facing positions in fixed income within a bank or fund management company, although it has become increasingly popular with middle office and operations managers who require greater product and market knowledge. Other candidate profiles include those working for financial IT service companies, exchanges and central securities depositories.
As an intermediate level qualification, the FIC requires that candidates should already have some familiarity with the topics below:
- Fundamental Numerical Skills
- Overview of Financial Markets and Participants
- The Main Fixed Income Securities
The exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions of which candidates must answer a minimum of 45 questions, or 60%, correctly in order to pass.
If you’re taking the classroom-based course, review sessions will be held prior to the exam to help candidates prepare for the assessment and assist with course content. The exam will be held on the final afternoon. Should you be unavailable or fail the exam, our online examination will be available to take (see information below). Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re taking the online or livestreamed course you have six months in which to study the material, book and complete an online, fully invigilated exam. The exam is hosted on our online learning platform and invigilated by a live proctor via the camera and microphone on your computer. This allows you to choose a time and place of your convenience to take the exam, while guaranteeing secure exam conditions.
Prior to the exam, you will need to login with the proctor to check that your chosen exam equipment and space is adequate for the exam - you will receive further guidance when you register for the course.
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 50 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 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 email@example.com.
The ICMA Fixed Income Certificate (FIC) is a professional qualification that places strong emphasis on practical skills, based on a thorough understanding of valuation principles and the relationships between the cash and derivatives markets. The current programme covers the following subjects:
- Trading the Yield Curve with Cash Market Securities
Fixed income securities & interest rates
Monetary policy & the yield curve
Interest rate risk
Trading views on the yield curve with cash instruments
Financial fixed income trades
Bonds with embedded options
Sovereign credit risk & sovereign ratings
Fixed income market practice & regulation
- Interest Rate Derivatives
Short-term interest rate (STIR) futures
Interest rate swaps & swap futures
Interest rate options
Counterparty risk in derivatives
Derivative market practice & regulation
- Credit Trading
Credit risk & credit spreads
Default probability & expected recovery
Credit analysis & credit ratings
Credit default swaps & credit default swaptions
Credit trading & hedging with single name CDS
Credit trading with index CDS
Credit trading with CDS index tranches
CDS pricing & revaluation
Our livestreamed courses are delivered via video conferencing accessed on our digital learning platform, using the most effective pedagogical approaches and incorporating interactive functions like virtual breakout rooms.
The FIC livestreamed sessions are delivered in 10 webinars spread over the course of four weeks. You will be given access to the course materials a week before the live sessions begin, and you will have access to those for a total of six months. During these six months you will have the option to keep working through the course materials at your own pace. Please note to ensure you book and take the exam within these six months.
Livestreamed course fees
ICMA Members: EUR 3,450 + VAT (if applicable)
Non Members: EUR 4,490 + VAT (if applicable)
Our classroom courses are delivered in-person at a confirmed location.
The FIC classroom sessions will be delivered in Amsterdam over 5 full days of training. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided during the course but please note these courses are not catered. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know when you complete the registration form.
Delegates will be given access to our learning management system and the course materials before the live sessions, and will have access to those for a total of six months. During these six months you will have the option to keep working through the course materials at your own pace. Please note to ensure you book and take the exam within these six months.
Classroom course fees*
ICMA Members: EUR 4,400 + VAT (if applicable)
Non Members: EUR 5650 + VAT (if applicable)
*Our prices do not include travel/accommodation. Please do not book any logistics until you receive email confirmation that the course will go ahead. This will be provided 4 weeks in advance of the start date.
For security reasons, delegates who have not registered in advance will not be admitted to the sessions.
- All payments must be made in Euro.
Should you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.