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Summary

This higher-level certificate is a specialised qualification in fund administration. It draws on our expertise in developing the broader Level 5 IFA programme, and particularly the Fund Administration module.

 If you work in fund administration, but are not involved with trust and company administration, and are already suitably qualified, this certificate offers a qualification specifically tailored to helping you progress in your chosen field.

Entry

The Certificate in Fund Administration is open to individuals who meet specific qualifications. To be eligible to apply, you must hold one of the following:

  • GradICSA, ACIS or FCIS
  • ACCA Chartered Certified Accountant
  • ICAEW/ICAS/ICAI Chartered Accountant
  • CIMA Accountant in Industry and Commerce
  • Accountant in Private Practice
  • CIPFA Chartered Public Finance Accountant
  • An ICSA Diploma in Offshore Finance and Administration (DOFA)
  • An ICSA Level 4 Certificate in International Finance and Administration (IFA) (completion of the IFA Level 4 Award or Subsidiary Certificate does not apply)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma in International Trust Management (completion of the STEP Certificate in International Trust Management does not apply). 

Content

This course provides an understanding of the investment environment, how a fund structure is created, and examines the roles of the key principals of a fund – the fund manager, the fund administrator and the fund’s governing body. It also covers the relationship between NAV and the performance of a fund, different fund types, structures and services available to investors in offshore jurisdictions and the legislative and regulatory frameworks affecting the funds sector.   

On successful completion of the exam, you will gain a specialised qualification from a recognised professional body to help improve your current performance, and equip you for future employment and career development within the funds sector. 

Study

Assessment of the course is via one, three-hour exam which can be taken in June or November each year. The exam paper contains a mixture of short- and extended-answer questions with a pass mark of 50%.

You can choose to study this by yourself or to make use of extra tuition through one of our registered tuition providers. Our registered tuition providers offer different options to suit your situation and your budget, including distance learning, face-to-face classes and blended learning.

Fees

The fee for the ICSA Level 5 Certificate in Fund Administration is £750* (reduced rate £500).

This includes:

  • Registration and certification
  • One exam entry (choice of next two available exam sessions)
  • Access to all the study materials for Fund Administration (including syllabus, ebook and sample and past exam papers)
  • ICSA study skills and revision webinars
  • Professional subscriber available at a reduced rate on successful completion of the qualification 

*All other fees (e.g. resits and postponements) follow the same pricing structure as our IFA Level 5 programmes.

Additional Fees
Postponement fee £77
Resit fee £153
Late exam entry (up to five days after closing date) £103
Extra late exam entry (more than five days after closing date) £205
Exam script report £82

Apply

To register for the Certificate in Fund Administration, please apply online and pay by credit or debit card. You will need to attach scanned copies of any relevant qualification certificates as part of your application. 

Please read our student rules and regulations before completing your application.

Apply here

If you are considering additional study support, you can find a full list of our registered tuition providers here

Please contact our Student Support team if you would like more information or require any help or advice.

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