Professional qualifications is a way for companies to benchmark and cultivate expertise making sure their human capital is best aligned with skills and knowledge critical for sustainable business success.  As for individuals, possessing industry and job-specific professional qualifications help to prove that they have the necessary technical skills and determination to perform well in the jobs, helping them to distinguish and fast track their career advancement in an increasingly competitive work environment.

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Learn about how CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment) qualifications have helped these individuals to further advance their Banking and Finance career:

Oliver Knights

Chartered MCSI

Assistant VP, Private Banking

Credit Suisse


Oliver’s comment:

I didn’t study finance at university; in fact, my background is languages/linguistics and so for me personally I found studying for the qualification of CISI incredibly useful. It shows dedication to one’s career development and provides industry recognition amongst peers.  Even for those that have perhaps come from a finance/economics background CISI covers several areas that will likely be new and certainly relevant to the majority of roles dealing with private clients.

Georgia Sherman

Chartered MCSI

Business Executive

Old Mutual Wealth


Samuel Chung

Senior Associate

Citi Private Bank


Samuel’s comment:

The CISI is the largest and most widely respected professional body for those who work in the securities and investment industry in the UK and in a growing number of major financial centers around the world.

I would definitely recommend the qualifications to others, especially those working as advisors in the Banking industry. Given the complexity of the products now marketed to clients, a mastery of regulations, fully functional knowledge of products and a strong understanding of investment implications (e.g. tax, settlement mechanisms) are vital and the IAD provides a solid foundation in all of these areas.

Nirmal Jeewantha Welikanna


Compliance Officer

Emirates NBD Asset Management


Nirmal’s comment:

Because of my successful track record at HSBC and the qualifications I obtained from CISI, I was able to develop my career sharply and also secure a new career opportunity in Middle East. I am now working for the compliance department of Emirates NBD Asset Management as a compliance officer. To date, it is the biggest accomplishment at work for me.


Katy Lay and Rhovie Gakima, Year 12 students at The City Academy in Hackney, London are currently taking the Level 2 Fundamentals of Financial Services qualification with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). They discuss the course as well as their positive experiences of the CISI insight.

Jaspal Singh Kasbia

Senior Consultant


Jaspal’s comment:

The CISI have a range of courses which allow me to get a good context of the industry instead of committing to a programme which may have areas I am not keen on. I like the specificity that the CISI provides in its syllabus to choose specific areas to study.