Certificate in Corporate Finance

Level 3 Certificate in Corporate Finance

ESMA/MiFID II compliant

Why study the Corporate Finance Programme?

In partnership with ICAEW, we have created a progressive study programme for the development and recognition of corporate finance expertise and to equip you with practical knowledge and skills, adding to your day to day business experience and enhancing the value you can bring to the organisations you work with. The programme starts with the CISI Certificate in Corporate Finance and is then followed by the Diploma in Corporate Finance.

Is the Certificate in Corporate Finance right for me?

The Certificate in Corporate Finance develops the essential foundation knowledge required to work in the corporate finance sector. 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. It is suitable for practitioners 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. There are no entry requirements and the exam is open to all levels.

Key features:

  • Offers a progressive study pathway – the Certificate in Corporate Finance is the first step in the CISI’s corporate finance study pathway and offers access to the higher-level Diploma in Corporate Finance
  • Recognised by the FCA - the Certificate in Corporate Finance features on the Financial Conduct Authority’s Appropriate Qualification tables (regulated activity 8)
  • Suitable for a wide range of corporate finance staff; no previous qualifications are required
  • Free CISI Student membership – become associated with a Chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
  • ACSI designatory letters
  • Exams available online via remote invigilation or at one of our global test centres

Qualification factsheet

Qualification Structure

The Certificate in Corporate Finance is achieved by passing two units, select a unit to view more information.

The Certificate in Corporate Finance is recognised by Ofqual as the level 3 Certificate in Corporate Finance. On the European Qualifications Framework, this equates to a level 4 qualification.

Total Qualification Time:
162 hours

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 162 hours. TQT is an estimate of the number of hours that a typical candidate might reasonably spend in achieving the qualification. This will vary depending on your previous experience, and includes any formal study as well as self-study and assessment time.


Exam Details

Exam Availability

Pass Mark / Pass Rate

The current pass rate for this exam is and the pass mark is . The exam grades are as follows:

Regulated Qualifications Framework

credits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework are awarded upon successfully passing this exam

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Study support


A CISI workbook is required to be purchased when booking each Certificate in Corporate Finance unit. This is to ensure there is one standard workbook from which all exam candidates can prepare. You can also choose to purchase CISI elearning to support your exam preparation.

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Accredited Training Partners

You can choose to complete formal training for our exams with a CISI Accredited Training Partner (ATP).

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Post Qualification Opportunities


Obtaining the Certificate in Corporate Finance qualification entitles you to join the Institute at Associate level. 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

To further theoretical and practical knowledge upon completion of the Certificate in Corporate Finance, a higher level qualification to take is the Diploma in Corporate Finance.