Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is the benchmark for Finance Professionals, across the globe. Spread across 3 levels, it is ideal for MBA/other students aspiring for a Financial Markets based career in Wealth Management, Investment Banking, Portfolio Management and Research Analysis.
While clearing all the 3 levels requires four years of professional work experience, an MBA student can consider clearing CFA – Level I, which does not have any restriction on minimum work experience.
At SSB students are introduced to Level 1 and guided on preparation for those interested to pursue further.
Certified Financial Planner (CFP):
If Financial Planning (Retirement Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Tax & Estate Planning) is where the students wish to spend their professional life in – this prestigious International Certification awarded in India by Financial Planning Standards Board of India (FPSB) is the ideal choice.
There are two pathways – Regular Status & Challenge Status; to achieve a CFP certification. For students pursuing MBA currently, they will be eligible for the Regular Status Pathway.
The Regular pathway has a set of 5 examinations ranging from Risk Analysis and insurance planning to Advanced Financial Planning.
The National Stock Exchange (NSE) in 1996 launched the NSE’s Certification in Financial Markets (NCFM) as an online testing and certification initiative. The short term finance certification courses are oriented towards roles like Stock Analysts, Portfolio Managers etc. – they have a wide range.
With an exhaustive list of offerings spread across three levels (Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced) these Short-term Finance certifications can be a good value add . However, note that, there is no training as such. You download a pdf and then give the certification. They do however, offer effective training for the FLIP-NCFM modules like Equity Research, Issue Management and Market Risk, The online courses in finance will equip you with the necessary knowledge to clear these certifications.
SAP is another prevailing trend in today’s business and technology revolution. It gives the ability to use the currently available data to predict customer’s trends and many more. And there is great demand for SAP-certified professionals all over the world. Interested students are given a beginners guidance.
Cisco and other networking-related certification are for individuals who are doing their MBA with IT specialization.