Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations

Why study the Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations?

The Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations explores the challenges of securities operations and covers best practice techniques used in the profession. It builds upon material covered in the Global Securities Operations unit of the IOC and is a stepping-stone to the Diploma in Investment Operations. It will equip you with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a higher level role within operations.

Is the Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations right for me?

The Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations is primarily aimed at Supervisors, Team Leaders, Assistant Managers, Managers and Senior Technical Specialists working in investment operations (custody, settlement, corporate actions and cash management).

If you have already successfully completed the Global Securities Operations unit within the IOC you only need to pass the Advanced Global Securities Operations exam to complete the qualification.

Key features:

  • Understand the bigger picture – it will equip you with a broader grasp of the business and regulatory issues faced by senior management
  • Global qualification - suitable for those working in the UK and overseas
  • Covers the whole finance sector – appropriate for those working in both wholesale and retail firms
  • Access to higher level qualifications – successful completion can be used as an entry to the highly regarded Diploma in Investment Operations
  • Free CISI Student membership – become associated with a chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits
  • Access to Associate membership and ACSI designatory letters
  • Exams available online via remote invigilation or at one of our global test centres

Advanced Global Securities Operations factsheet

Qualification Structure

The qualification is achieved by passing:

Total Qualification Time:
184 hours

The total qualification time (TQT) for this qualification is 184 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.
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Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations


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


CISI Global Securities Operations and Advanced Global Securities Operations workbooks are required to be purchased when booking the exams. This is to ensure there is one standard workbook from which all exam candidates can prepare. You can also choose to purchase Global Securities Operations 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


After completing the Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations you can join the Institute as an Associate member and attain 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

To further theoretical and practical knowledge upon completion of the Advanced Certificate in Global Securities Operations, higher level qualifications to take include the Diploma in Investment Operations

We are withdrawing our Advanced Global Securities Operations exam in the winter 2023 session.
It is strongly recommended the final sitting is for resits only and not for first time candidates. If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Support Team.