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The CFA UK Level 4 Certificate in Investment Management (IMC) is the most widely recognised qualification of its kind in the UK
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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:

  • portfolio management
  • research
  • investment consulting
  • risk management
  • 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.


    'I found the IMC to be an excellent foundational course, covering a wide range of topics & useful for starting out my career within financial services.

    Theo, 2022

    Level 4 IMC Overview
      Unit 1 Unit 2 
    Official Training Manual Cost £113.00 plus postage   £118.00 plus postage 

    IMC Exam fees 

    £300.00 £320.00
    IMC Exam fees from 1st Sep 2023 £320.00 £340.00
    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%
    Pass rate
    Between 65% and 80%
    Between 65% and 80%


    Training providers

    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.


    What do I do next?

    You can register for the Investment Management Certificate today. If you are interested in finding out more information please register your interest.