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Funds Industry Educational Programmes

Irish Funds partners with the Funds by IOB to provide practical, relevant and flexible university accredited programmes, specifically designed for those who work in the funds industry. All programmes are part-time and designed for those who are working and studying. Those who participate can benefit from the relevance, range and flexibility of the programmes while studying at their own pace. The Institute of Banking is a recognised college of University College Dublin (UCD), successful participants will receive their academic awards from UCD. A UCD qualification is internationally recognised and portable. In addition to accredited programmes, the Institute also offers masterclasses on relevant industry topics. Full details of all programmes offered can be accessed by downloading the Institute’s prospectus here

For further information on the programmes, please contact the Programme Director Margaret D’Arcy at

Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services

The Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services is a unique and specifically-designed programme to support the funds industry.

The programme will be of interest and particular relevance to those working, and those seeking to work, in the funds industry. This three module programme aims to introduce, discuss and describe the investment fund from its inception through to termination. It will detail the functions and parties to a fund, the roles, responsibilities and activities of all the parties to a fund and how each interacts with each other.

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Upon successful completion of this programme graduates will be invited to the Accredited Funds Professional Designation. The Accredited Funds Professional is a designation developed by IOB in conjunction with Irish Funds. This title is an industry badge of excellence that exemplifies your funds expertise, client focus and professional standing, supported by lifelong learning. As an employer in the funds industry, your talented people hold a title that is an external validation of their professional competence and commitment to lifelong learning. Find out more on the Accredited Funds Professional.

Professional Certificate in Complex Financial Instruments in International Financial Services

The Professional Certificate in Complex Financial Instruments in International Financial Services is designed for an ever increasing range of people working in the international financial services area who are engaged in activities which require a good working knowledge of the characteristics of derivative products and complex financial instruments.

The objective of the programme is to provide students with not only a very practical understanding of how the most common types of complex financial instruments and derivative products are used in the financial markets, but also their use in hedging, risk management and return enhancement strategies.

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Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments

The Professional Diploma in Applied Alternative Investments is an opportunity for professionals working in the funds industry to develop their expertise in the growing alternative assets market.

This postgraduate programme 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.

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Launching September 2021 - Professional Certificate for Designated Persons in a Fund Management Company

A new NFQ Level 9 programme is due to launch in the next academic year. This one module programme will focus on the role of Designated Persons within Irish Fund Management Companies.

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Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) Programme

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.

The CIFD programme is delivered through an intensive combination of class based, on-line and self-directed learning. This is a blended learning programme, where class-based learning is supported by additional reading, online webinars and individual learning outside the classroom. The programme comprises 10 modules and are supplemented by assigned pre-reading material and, for some modules, short supporting webinars.

View the CIFD programme brochure. For more information on this programme, visit or contact Relationship Manager Kate Walsh at

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