Certified Associate - Investment Management

Investment management is the professional asset management of various securities, including equities, fixed income, cash equivalents, and other assets such as real estate, commodities, etc. to meet specified investment goals for the benefit of investors.

 

Skill Board Associate certification in Investment Management assesses candidate’s for fundamental knowledge of investment management front and middle office business processes and necessary skills to develop solutions to common business problems in operations and technology that enable investment management firms to deliver services to clients. The assessment is conducted through an online remote proctored test.

 

Candidates can choose between two certification options:

 

  • Certified Business Operations Associate (CBOA) - Investment Management certification is issued to candidates with 1+ years of career experience in Securities & Capital Markets business operations and successfully pass the assessment for the CBOA - Investment Management certification.

 

  • Certified Business Technology Associate (CBTA) - Investment Management certification is issued to candidates with 1+ years of career experience in Securities & Capital Markets technology and successfully pass the assessment for the CBTA - Investment Management certification.

Next available assessment date:

Jun 10
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Who should get certified
  • Business Analysts with 1+ years of experience working in banking, asset and wealth management, custody and assets servicing.
  • Developers and QAs with 1+ years of experience working on investment management applications.
  • Business Operations Associates with 2+ years of experience working in banking, asset and wealth management, custody and assets servicing.
  • Investment management professionals who are exploring careers opportunities in information technology.
Candidates are evaluated for
  • Understanding of buy-side and sell-side firms, market infrastructure providers, regulators and their role in investment management.
  • Understanding of traditional asset classes, derivatives and alternative asset classes.
  • Understanding of investment management front office technology applications and business operations.
  • Understanding of data and analytics powering investment management processes.
  • Understanding of regulatory reporting and compliance requirements.
Maintaining the certification
  • Certified Associates are required to recertify after 3 years either by taking a recertification assessment or through continuing education credits.
  • Continuing education credits may be earned by taking industry certifications, participating in industry conferences including professional presentations and writing industry thought papers that get published on skillboard.org or other online forums.
Assessment weightage by Knowledge Area
DomainWeightage

Capital Market Basics

Role of Buy-side and Sell-side Firms, Exchanges & Trading Venues, Custodians, Data Providers, Regulators, Asset Classes, Market Types, Trade Lifecycles.

10-20%

Investment Management Process

Investment Objectives, Asset Allocation, Portfolio Construction, Portfolio Rebalancing.

10-20%

Order Management & Trade Execution

Pre-trade Compliance, Order Types, Order Generation, Trade Execution, Allocation and Reconciliation.

10-20%

Transaction Management

Trade Capture, Confirmation and Enrichment, Settlement Instruction, Trade Notification.

10-20%

Middle Office Functions

Trade Posting, IBOR, Asset Servicing, Reconciliation, Risk, Investment Analytics.

10-20%

Analytics & Reporting

Risk Analytics, Performance & Attribution, Trade Cost Analytics, Investment Reporting, Client Reporting, Regulatory Reporting.

10-20%

Securities Data Management

Securities and Non-Securities Reference Data, Market Data, Security Analytics Data, Alternative Research Data.

10-20%

Asset Management Technology (applicable to CBTA Certification)

Front & Middle Office Technology Platforms & Vendor Products , FIX Messaging, Automation, Trading and Portfolio Management Application Support, Asset Management Business Architecture, Core Applications and Data Interfaces.

10-20%

Asset Management Operations (applicable to CBOP Certification)

Client Prospecting and Onboarding, Data Operations, Investment Accounting, Reconciliation, Corporate Actions Processing, Client Reporting, Fee Billing.

10-20%