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CFA Institute Launches Private Markets, Alternative Investments Certificate

Editorial Staff 18 September 2023


The courses and research that the Institute provides can be a barometer for the issues in play in wealth management, such as ESG investing and the use of AI technology.

The CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has launched a Private Markets and Alternative Investments Certificate, highlighting how this area is increasingly important for wealth management professionals to understand.

The programme provides foundational-level knowledge of alternative investments.

The Institute said the certificate suits new entrants to the industry who want to work for a General Partner firm or other alternatives specialist, existing investors or asset owners who seek to allocate investments to private markets or alternative investments, and consultants working with GPs or Limited Partner (LP) firms.

The type of courses and research that the Institute provides can be a barometer for the issues in play: it has developed courses and materials about ESG investing and the use of AI technology, among other topics, in recent years.

The new certificate is a five-course, self-paced online programme with a foundational curriculum which is enhanced with additional practitioner insights and perspectives. It equips learners with essential knowledge on private equity, private credit, real estate, infrastructure, commodities, and hedge funds. 

“The Private Markets and Alternative Investments Certificate offers strong foundational learning and practical content providing candidates with increased confidence and enhanced credibility within their organisations,” the Institute said in a statement. “We plan in the near future to release more advanced certificates that will provide learners with a ladder up to more advanced skills.”

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