At CFA UK, the health and well-being of our members, candidates and staff is our top priority.
Important: All CFA UK examinations scheduled to take place during lockdown or in England tier 4 restriction areas will be cancelled by Pearson VUE. Exams will be cancelled for the duration that the lockdown or tier 4 measures are in place in a given area. Candidates are advised to log in to their Pearson VUE candidate account to reschedule their examination.
Please note: Due to current Covid-19 restrictions in England, the CFA UK office is closed and all staff are working from home. Unfortunately, this means that certificate dispatch is currently suspended. As soon as government restrictions allow, and when it is safe for our staff to return to the office, we will resume the print and dispatch of certificates.
We will review our position in the week commencing 22 February.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you require a verification of your qualification for employment purposes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Digital badges will continue to be issued where appropriate.
WARNING – IMC exam registration and study materials
In the instances reported to us, applicants were not in fact registered for the IMC exam, and the study materials which were supplied were not the prescribed materials (which are regularly updated).Please note that the CFA UK has no agreements or arrangements with any providers of recruitment services.
Candidates wishing to register for the IMC (and obtain the prescribed study materials) should do so directly with the CFA UK, or with one of the training providers that are recognised by CFA UK.
CFA UK will always follow up all such reports of companies purporting to offer such services. If you believe that you have had dealings with such a company, or have any concerns, please contact us at email@example.com
What is 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 portfolio management, research, investment consulting, risk management and relationship management. 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.
|Level 4 IMC Overview
|Unit 1||Unit 2|
|Official Training Manual Cost||£105.00 plus postage||£110.00 plus postage|
|IMC Exam fees||£280.00||£300.00|
|Unit name||Level 4 IMC Investment Environment||Level 4 IMC Investment Practice|
|Syllabus||Unit 1 syllabus version 18||Unit 2 syllabus version 18|
|Syllabus valid dates||From 01/12/2020 to 30/11/2021||From 01/12/2020 to 30/11/2021|
|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 65% and 75%
||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 not currently operate a formal endorsement process.