What is the Investment Management Certificate (IMC)?
The IMC is the benchmark entry-level qualification into the UK investment profession. It delivers the threshold competency knowledge required by investment professionals involved in portfolio management, research analysis, and other front office investment activities. The examinations cover the key content areas appropriate for these roles including economics, accounting, investment practice, regulation, and ethics. The qualification is developed, delivered and awarded by CFA UK.
Why should I take IMC?
If you are looking to develop your career in investment management then the IMC will be suitable for you. Over half of IMC candidates sitting the exam are actively involved in front office investment activities, including:
Many candidates are wanting to develop their career and also looking to join the profession. Most investment firms ask their employees to take the IMC to demonstrate the competency of their front office staff to the regulator. The IMC is an FCA Appropriate Qualification for the activity of 'managing investments' and may be combined with CFA Level 1 to meet the exam standards required of Retail Investment Advisers.
‘I think the IMC provides an exceptional foundational understanding of the issues facing investment professionals in the UK, particularly relating to overviews of tax matters.’
Pierre Forde, 2021
|Level 4 IMC Overview
|Unit 1||Unit 2|
|Official Training Manual Cost||£113.00 plus postage||£118.00 plus postage|
IMC Exam fees
|Unit name||Level 4 IMC Investment Environment||Level 4 IMC Investment Practice|
|Syllabus||Unit 1 syllabus version 20||Unit 2 syllabus version 20|
|Syllabus valid dates||From 01/12/2022 to 30/11/2023||From 01/12/2022 to 30/11/2023|
|Number of questions||85||105|
|Time allowed for exam||1 hour and 40 minutes||2 hours and 20 minutes|
|Total qualification time||100 hours||120 hours
|Pass mark||Between 65% and 75%
||Between 60% and 70%
||Between 65% and 80%
||Between 65% and 80%|
A number of training providers offer tuition and study support on the IMC and are known to CFA UK. These are listed below.
Please note that CFA UK does not currently operate a formal endorsement process.