ICSA launches new qualifications for offshore finance professionals

Guernsey, 16 January 2015 – ICSA, the Institute for professionals working in governance and compliance, has just launched four new Level 4 (the equivalent of first year undergraduate) qualifications for offshore finance professionals. The new International Finance and Administration qualifications replace ICSA’s Certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration (COFA) and will offer much greater choice and flexibility than before.

The existing COFA qualification has been updated and reorganised into smaller, more manageable modules. Students who successfully complete all available modules will earn themselves a CertICSA post nominal, but can also gain recognition of their achievement if they decide to study fewer modules.

The new qualifications being offered as of this month are:

  • ICSA Level 4 Award in International Finance and Administration – this covers the key principles in offshore finance and administration, including products and services available, how the sector is monitored and regulated, as well as how trusts and companies are created and managed. This module meets the regulatory requirements for offshore jurisdictions.
  • ICSA Level 4 Subsidiary Certificate in International Finance, Accounting and Administration – this qualification covers the same introduction to the offshore financial environment as the Award, and introduces the fundamentals of accounting – how financial information is created and used.
  • ICSA Level 4 Subsidiary Certificate in International Finance, Investment and Administration – this qualification covers the same introduction to the offshore financial environment as the Award, and introduces types of investment products and how they work.
  • Level 4 Certificate in International Finance and Administration – this covers the general principles of international finance and administration, plus the fundamentals of accounting and investment. Students successfully completing this qualification can use the post nominal CertICSA.

Students of the new qualifications will benefit in the following ways:

  • ‘Step-on/step-off’ approach so that students have the option of studying for a larger or smaller qualification according to their needs
  • Fewer and shorter examinations
  • Updated study materials
  • Study aids such as webinars making it easier for students to study after work
  • Electronic syllabus, sample assessment materials and study texts
  • A one-off fee per qualification will include everything students need to complete their studies independently
  • Convenient and easy online registration. 

“We are delighted to offer students and employers greater choice in our new, streamlined qualifications,” says Simon Osborne, Chief Executive at ICSA. “There are no formal entry requirements and you do not need to have a degree, although it is helpful to be working in a relevant occupation.”

“We have also consulted with employers to verify that these qualifications will provide the knowledge needed for a successful career in the offshore financial services sector,” adds Tom Lancaster-King, ICSA Guernsey Branch Chair. “The new qualifications offer greater flexibility and are ideal for employees new to the offshore financial services industry undertaking junior roles or those who have been working in the industry for some time without a recognised qualification.” 

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Notes to Editors:

  1. ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) is the chartered membership and qualifying body for professionals working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries. Our members work in all sectors and at every level of seniority. With over 120 years of experience, we champion high governance standards by providing qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and support (including technical resources, publications and software), and through our work with regulators and policy makers. Website: www.icsa.org.uk
  2. ICSA Guernsey Branch represents the interests of over 400 members and students in the Bailiwick. Members are qualified as Chartered Secretaries who have completed the Institute’s rigorous examinations and work as administration, governance, risk, and compliance professionals. Students study towards the Certificate and Diploma in Offshore Finance and Administration before completing the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme, with modules including accounting, law, investments, business management, and governance.
 Website: www.icsaguernsey.com



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