Certificate in Corporate Finance
(CISI Level 3 Certificate in Corporate Finance)

The Certificate in Corporate Finance develops the essential foundation knowledge required to work in the corporate finance industry. The syllabus explores corporate finance legislation, regulation and techniques and provides you with an understanding of how corporate finance transactions are developed to meet client needs.

The Certificate is jointly offered by the CISI and ICAEW as part of the corporate finance programmes. The Certificate is aimed at individuals working in corporate finance and related areas, such as venture capital, who need to demonstrate a sound understanding of both the regulatory and technical aspects of the subject.

Key features of the Certificate in Corporate Finance
  • Recognised by the FCA as an Appropriate Examination to equip individuals with a thorough understanding of corporate finance
  • Suitable for a wide range of corporate finance staff; no previous qualifications are required
  • Senior industry practitioners are closely involved in the development of the programme ensuring the exams are work related
  • Successful candidates can progress to the higher level Diploma in Corporate Finance
  • Earn CPD hours upon successful completion of the qualification
  • Receive one year's free Student membership of the CISI
  • ACSI designatory letters

Qualification Structure

The Certificate in Corporate Finance consists of two units:

 Unit 01: Corporate Finance Regulation
Summary syllabus:
  • The regulatory environment in the UK
  • FCA conduct of business sourcebook
  • Corporate governance and business ethics
  • Takeovers and mergers
  • Prospectuses
  • Equity capital markets
 Unit 02: Corporate Finance Technical Foundations
Summary syllabus:
  • Quantitative methods for corporate
  • Finance
  • Financial statements analysis
  • Capital structure
  • Introduction to business valuations
  • Corporate transactions
  • Corporate finance documentation


This Certificate is regulated by Ofqual as a level 3 qualification. On the European Qualifications Framework, this equates to a level 4 qualification.

Study Options

Self-study using the CISI's learning manual and elearning.

Please note: The CISI's mandatory learning manual policy requires, where available, the most up to date CISI learning manual to be purchased when booking an exam, including by an ATP on your behalf. This applies to all candidates sitting CISI exams in the UK (includes Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man). Candidates sitting CISI exams outside of the UK will receive the most up-to-date workbook in PDF format for that subject and is included in the international exam price.

Accredited Training Providers
The CISI accredits a wide range of training providers to deliver formal training for our exams and you can register directly with the provider of your choice.

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Sample Papers

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Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for the Certificate in Corporate Finance. Experience in the industry will help candidates relate what they are learning to the job they are doing but it is not a requirement of taking the qualification.

There are no exemptions from this qualification.

Register and Book

Register with the CISI
New candidates intending to take CISI qualifications need to first register with the CISI. Upon registering, you will receive a candidate number, password and access to the CISI's online systems.

Book your exams
Candidates can book:

Register for your qualification
After booking your exams you need to register for your qualification. Please be sure you have read and understood the exam regulations and policies.

The latest prices for exams are listed on the online price list.


Free CISI Student Membership
By completing a qualifications registration form you will receive free CISI Student membership which gives you access to a wide range of benefits which will help you study and gain industry knowledge.   

Free ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty Membership
Online support and guidance to maintain expertise and leadership is available through the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty.

UK FCA Endorsed
The Certificate meets the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) mandatory exam requirements for those advising on investments in the course of corporate finance business and is listed in its Appropriate Qualification Table.

Next Steps

CISI Membership
Obtaining the Certificate in Corporate Finance qualification entitles candidates to join the Institute at Associate level and utilise the designatory letters, ACSI.  As a member of the Institute, you will enjoy the recognition of being a professional in a world of increasing competition. The extensive continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities available through the CISI’s suite of membership benefits ensures financial services practitioners can maintain competence and meet the requirements of firms and the regulator. 

Higher Level Qualifications
The Certificate in Corporate Finance is jointly offered by the CISI and ICAEW as part of the corporate finance programmes. Following successful completion of the Certificate, you can progress onto the higher level Diploma in Corporate Finance.