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Certified Investment Management AnalystSM (CIMA®) Certification

Program Description

With the financial crisis still a recent memory, individuals and institutional investors seek advice from financial professionals they can trust. They look to advisors for competence, credibility, and expertise. Fortunately, a credential exists for financial professionals to communicate to clients that they are committed to providing objective investment advice and have the technical know-how to do it.
The Certified Investment Management AnalystSM (CIMA®) certification is the only credential of its kind for those who want to attain a high level of competency as an advanced investment consultant. Administered through the Investment Management Consultants Association® (IMCA®), the CIMA certification certifies that the CIMA professional has completed a rigorous process to achieve a high level of competency, professionalism, and investment expertise.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Make portfolio recommendations based on modern portfolio theory and post-modern portfolio theory
  • Develop and recommend an investment policy for a client (individual or institutional)
  • Analyze performance measurement and recommend the selection of managers
  • Analyze and recommend specific investments
  • Analyze ethical and legal implications

Topics covered during the program include:

Day 1

  • Risk, Return, Understanding Returns
  • Portfolio Theory and Mean-Variance Analysis

Day 2

  • The CAPM and the Index Model
  • Multi-factor Models
  • Market Anomalies and Market Efficiency

Day 3

  • Performance Measurement, Attribution, Appraisal
  • Practitioner Session: Writing Investment Policy Statements
  • Formulating Tax-Efficient Strategies

Day 4

  • Behavioral Finance
  • Fixed Income Markets
  • Alternative Investing: Derivatives, Hedge Funds and Private Equity
  • Practitioner Session: Manager Search and Selection
  • Practitioner Session: Ethical and Legal Implications

Day 5

  • International Investing
  • Dynamic Portfolio Selection and Time Varying Returns
  • Evaluating Risk

The educational component offered by Minerva is for those that have already submitted an application to IMCA and have passed the Qualification Examination.

The CIMA® certification program requires that candidates meet all eligibility requirements, including experience, education, examination, and ethics.



Fundamentals: Core concepts, understandings and tools (60%)

Latest Developments: Recent advances and future trends (20%)

Industry Applications: Linking theory and real-world (20%)

Delivery Methods

Lecture: Delivery of material in a lecture format (60%)

Discussion or Group Work: Participatory learning (40%)


Introductory: Appropriate for a general audience (0%)

Specialized: Assumes experience in practice area or field (100%)

Advanced: In-depth explorations at the advanced level (0%)

  • Discussions with Industry and Government Leaders/Subjects Matter Experts
  • Current status of issues that affect you and your organization
  • Interactions with peers from industry and government
  • Lessons learned from multiple Case Studies
  • Course Manual-printed and e-files
  • Current articles by industry authors

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