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Education

Mission Statement

ACI’s education mission is to promote the highest global standards of professionalism, competence and ethics in activities and products in financial markets through ongoing educational programs and examinations.

Education Program

Global wholesale financial markets are dynamic and fast changing and these conditions demand highly qualified people with wide-ranging market skills and knowledge.
ACI’s Education Programme provides globally acknowledged, portable, professional qualifications that enhance career prospects, improve job performance and set benchmarks within the industry. ACI communicates regularly with a wide range of national Regulators on the education and training of market participants.
ACI also works closely with regulatory bodies in a number of countries to ensure that market standards, ACI examinations and regulatory requirements all find common ground.

Certificates & Diplomas

ACI provides a suite of specialised examinations targeting Foreign Exchange, Fixed Income, Money Markets, Derivatives, Repos, Asset Liability, Risk Management and Conduct for front, middle and back-office staff. All ACI exams are in English and computer based. The ACI Dealing Certificate, the ACI Operations Certificate and the ACI Diploma are also available in German. Training companies and business schools provide classroom training and distance learning materials which help you prepare for your exam.. Study packs and trainers are available to help you prepare for your exam.

ACI Dealing Certificate

The ACI Dealing Certificate is a foundation programme that allows candidates to acquire a working knowledge of the structure and operation of the major foreign exchange and money markets,application of the fundamental mathematics used in these markets, core products (cash, forwards and derivatives) and basic skills required for competent participation.

The course is designed for the following groups:

  • New entrants and junior dealers (0-18 Month’s Experience) in the dealing room
  • Middle office and operations personnel
  • Auditors and compliance officers

How to study – Guide

How to study – Syllabus

How to study – Formula sheet

Carrer & Employer benefits:

  • Increase candidate opportunities nationally and internationally with a global qualification
  • Fulfil the requirements established by financial services authorities for regulated activities
  • Learn a global standard and a skill set which is unique in treasury
  • Become part of a global community of thousands of ACI certificate holders
  • Enable your organisation to successfully pass risk assessments conducted by regulators
  • Staff members fulfil the requirements established by financial services authorities for regulated activities

ACI Operation Certificate

No transaction can take place without the back-office. It provides a vital service to the front office by ensuring that all funds flow in a timely and correct manner and all necessary documentation is completed. This examination has been designed to provide a benchmark for competency in all aspects of the operations process.

The ACI Operations Certificate supports treasury operations teams and related groups to efficiently cope with stronger competition in the financial markets and to smooth co-operation with supervisory bodies. Candidates will become up-to-date with the latest developments that affect the treasury operations. It also helps candidates to develop a front to end treasury view in terms of process promoting a better understanding between trading community and operations staff.

The course is designed for the following groups:

  • Operations staff with at least 2 years of experience and seniors
  • Other Trading Room Support Areas
  • Internal and external Auditors
  • Compliance and Risk Officers
  • Product Control
  • Vendors

How to study – Guide

How to study – Syllabus

How to study – Formula Sheet

Carrer & Employer benefits:

  • Increase candidate opportunities nationally and internationally with a global qualification
  • Fulfil the requirements established by financial services authorities for regulated activities
  • Learn a global standard and skill set which is unique in treasury
  • Become part of a global community of thousands of ACI Certificate holders
  • Support your organisation to successfully pass risk assessments conducted by regulators
  • Staff members fulfil the requirements established by financial services authorities for regulated activities

ACI Online FX Global Code Certificate

The ACI Online FX Global Code Certificate offers a portable formal and ongoing testing and qualification of an individual’s comprehensive understanding of the 6 themes and 55 principles set out in the Global Code.

Read more about FX Global Code

How to study – FX Global Code syllabus

How to study – FX Global Code sample questions

ACI Diploma

The ACI Diploma builds on the ACI Dealing Certificate and the ACI Operations Certificate and is designed to ensure that candidates acquire a superior theoretical and practical knowledge of the foreign exchange and money markets, their related instruments, and the linkages that exist between those markets and the practice of risk management. Candidates are expected to have acquired a solid grounding in the core subject areas and have the requisite skills in financial mathematics prior to matriculating for the Diploma.

The course of study for the ACI Diploma is designed for:

  • Senior foreign exchange and money market dealers
  • Corporate and bank treasurers
  • Senior operations staff

Examination

In each Diploma exam a candidate will be asked 107 multiple choice test questions to be answered in three hours. The computer based exams will be offered in selected test centres all over the world.

There are six core subject areas:

  • Foreign exchange
  • Money markets
  • Fixed income
  • Derivatives
  • Market analysis
  • Risk management

How to study – Guide

How to study – Syllabus

Code of Conduct

ACI has always encouraged its membership to acknowledge, respect and adhere to principles of ethical behaviour. ACI has been an active part of the evolution towards new global standards in the Financial Markets.
ACI is proud to have participated in the creation of the FX Global Code and believes that it provides an excellent framework for ethical conduct that will be enhanced and refined as market circumstances demand.
As longstanding proponents and influencers of ethical conduct, ACI welcomes the progress made by the FX Working Group in respect of defining Code principles, governance and adherence.  An active member of the Market Participants Group reporting to the BIS FX Working Group, ACI contributed directly to this important industry initiative and will continue to contribute to the GFXC (Global Foreign Exchange Committee) that has assumed ownership and responsibility for the future development of the Code.   ACI will also participate directly in ongoing market consultation on specific Code Principles.
ACI’s longstanding Committee for Professionalism (CFP) comprises of industry-wide market practitioners representing the spectrum of financial markets participants and with broad and deep industry expertise. The CFP is responsible for oversight and review of the use cases and questions used to measure delegate understanding of practical applications of the 55 Principles set out in the Global Code of Conduct.
The CFP is responsible for developing and maintaining ACI FMA’s proprietary market principles and practices guidelines (formerly ACI Model Code) which provide comprehensive guidance to market participants on broader financial markets best practices across the trading lifecycle from front end execution to back office processing.
In the event of a dispute, the CFP is able to offer expert guidance and recommendations for resolution. In certain cases, the Chair of the ACI CFP may be called as an expert witness.
Focused on three core principles of Membership, Education and Ethical Conduct, ACI is committed to supporting market participants to operate to the highest standards of ethical conduct and best market practice.
ACI’s suite of Code-compliance tools and services support market participants – individual and organisation – to understand, adhere and attest to ‘compliance’ with Codes of Conduct (and other internal, national and international Codes of Conduct), and to convert principles to best market practice.

Elac

ELAC is the ACI online portal providing continuous training and certification for Codes of Conduct in financial markets, contextualised for industry sectors and financial markets participants, whilst being relevant to their role and experience level.

ACI ELAC training promotes the highest global standards of professionalism, competence and ethical conduct in Financial Markets.

ACI ELAC Features

  • Real Life Scenarios
Sourced from Market Participants, with accompanying multiple choice question(s), explanation of answers and conclusion to Scenarios related to the relevant Principle of the applicable Code in Market Practices section.
  • PAR Sessions
Continuous professional development, measuring and reporting of staff adherence, identifying gaps in knowledge and understanding, proportionally organising training with the objective to raise standards in ethical behavour and demonstrate culture change.
  • PAR Score
Personal Accreditation Rating, a personal score for each member of staff that is transparent and demonstrates each individual’s understanding of obligation to stay up to date with Codes of Conduct relevant to their role.
  • Self-Assessment
Large number of self-selected multiple choice questions on each area of the relevant code and its principle to test knowledge in preparation for PAR sessions.
  • Subscriber Contribution
Feedback of Market Practices and Self-Assessment is encouraged, providing the opportunity for subscribers to create and submit Scenarios relevant to their specific industry/sector/role/experience.
  • Self-Certification
Demonstrate and communicate that staff throughout the organisation understand their obligation to stay up to date with the latest best practice in ethical conduct in the financial markets.
The E-Learning Attestation and Certification portal allows demonstration of adherence to Codes of Conduct on a continuous basis through a Personal Accreditation rating (PAR). ELAC provides employers and individuals operating in professional financial markets with a high-quality, accredited, continuing professional development solution that encourages the highest standards of conduct and industry best practice.

Read more about ELAC