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Funds Industry Educational Programmes

Irish Funds has a long standing partnership with the Institute of Banking to provide a range of programmes aimed specifically at those working in the investment funds industry. These range from introductory programmes including the Certificate in Investment Fund Services to those programmes focussing on more complex industry specific topics.

The Institute of Banking is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD) and all their programmes are part-time.

For further information on the programmes contact the Programme Director, Aoife Rooney at aoife.rooney@iob.ie.

Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services

The Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services is a long running and highly successful programme regarded as the benchmark qualification for the funds servicing sector. It is a unique and specific programme for those working or seeking to work in the investment funds industry. 

This programme is offered in partnership with Irish Funds and carries a recognised industry and UCD accredited qualification. 

View further programme details.

Professional Certificate in Investment Fund Services Risk Management (Operational Risk, Conduct Risk and Risk Culture)

The Professional Certificate in Investment Services Risk Management (Operational Risk, Conduct Risk and Risk Culture) is designed in conjunction with operational risk professionals working in investment funds services. This programme provides an in-depth understanding of the key practical and relevant operational risk management issues facing investment fund services professionals. The syllabus covers much of the programme of themed inspections published by the Central Bank.

This programme is a graduate qualification and a progression for those who have completed the Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services. Successful candidates are also awarded the Globally Recognised PRMIA Operational Risk Manager Certification and a University Award from UCD at level 8 (NFQ). 

View further programme details

Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments

The Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments is aimed at professionals seeking specific knowledge, insights and skills in alternative investments which can be immediately applied in the day-to-day working environment. 

This programme has been developed in conjunction with the investment funds industry and carries a graduate qualification awarded by UCD.

View further programme details.

Certified Investment Fund Director Programme

We are pleased to continue our support for the Certified Investment Fund Director Programme which will take place in New York in October 2017. Launched in Dublin in 2013, the CIFD Programme has been delivered to date in Dublin, London and Zurich. We are delighted in 2017 to be delivering the programme for the first time in New York and Hong Kong, and also to be returning to London in February and Zurich in November. The programme is delivered in a blended format, complementing one face-to-face block of lectures over five consecutive days, with intensive reading, webinars, and self-directed learning. This programme is designed for all investment fund directors (or those with extensive management or funds experience who aspire to become investment fund directors), including those operating in director/senior management positions with both fund promoter and service provider organisations.

View the CIFD programme brochure. For more information on this programme, contact Admissions and Relationship Manager Eva Kiss at ekiss@cifdi.org

Cohort 3 of the Certified Investment Fund Director Programme

Cohort 3 of the Certified Investment Fund Director ProgrammeFront Row: Pat Lardner (CEO, Irish Funds), Dr Margaret Cullen (Director of Executive Education, Institute of Banking), Michael Feeney (CEO, Institute of Banking).

Back Rows: Jeff Pamplin (CIFD), Ann Prendergast (CIFD), Neil Donnellan (CIFD), Colin Cunningham (CIFD), Eva Kiss (Admissions and Programme Manager, Institute of Banking), Des Sullivan (CIFD), Barry McConville (CIFD), Thomas Glynn (CIFD), Kevin Gallen (Deputy CEO, Institute of Banking), Tim Madigan (CIFD), Ivan Fox (CIFD).

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