The CIIA program is aimed at experienced investment professionals in the fields of financial analysis and portfolio management. Their knowhow and expertise is a key element in the value chain of the financial institutes. The program covers the topics of economics, corporate finance and accounting, valuation and analysis of financial instruments, portfolio theory and the regulatory framework both at a national and international level. The training combines profound theoretical knowledge with practical skills. Graduates are eligible for senior positions.

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Schedule semester 1 – 2024 – Zurich
Schedule semester 1 – 2024 – Geneva
Schedule semester 2 – 2024 – Zurich
Schedule semester 2 – 2024 – Geneva
Information on the examinations

Target Audience

The CIIA ® program is aimed at experienced financial analysts, investment managers, asset managers, portfolio and fund managers, investment advisors, derivatives and structured products specialists, IT experts and journalists or lawyers operating in the financial sector.



  • The CIIA ® course includes teaching in classroom/via zoom.
  • The study material on the learning platform includes the complete syllabus and contains course documents, videos, a forum, past exams with solutions and exam simulation with test questions.
  • The course material is in English (English level B2 is recommended), the teaching language is German or French.
  • Optional preparatory courses in mathematics and accounting are recommended for participants without a solid background or as a refresher. .

For more details on the course content, excerpts from some documents are available here:

Corporate Finance – Investment discount rate
Derivatives – Option
Fixed Income – Hybrid Forms

CIIA and CFA cover largely the same topics. A comparison of the two courses can be found here.

Examination dates are in September and March. Details can be found here.

Subsidies of the Swiss Confederation

Students having paid the training expenses themselves are entitled to reclaim 50% of the costs from the Swiss Confederation.


The training is part-time and a minimum of work experience in finance is required to obtain the CIIA ® diploma. Details can be found in the factsheet.


Federal Diploma

International (CIIA)