Programme Brief

CISI’s International Introduction to Securities and Investment (IISI) provides a comprehensive introduction to the financial services industry with a specific focus on investments from a global perspective. As well as being a standalone qualification, this programme is the introductory unit of CISI’s Investment Operations Certificate (IOC).

Who should attend?

This qualification is intended for new entrants who are beginning their career in the financial services industry. It is also suited to new or experienced investors with an interest in acquiring a more detailed understanding of investment products and financial markets. The programme covers key financial principles and products including assets and markets, equities, bonds, derivatives, investment funds, retirement planning, loans, mortgages, life assurance and protection insurance.

What's more, through the partnership between CISI and ACCA, ACCA members and affiliates can join CISI without having to pay an initial membership joining fee (worth up to £50).


The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is the leading professional body for those who work in, or aspire to work in, the investment sector, and they are passionately committed to enhancing knowledge, skills and integrity – the three pillars of professionalism at the heart of their Chartered body. Formed in 1992 by London Stock Exchange practitioners, CISI has a global community of more than 40,000 members in 121 countries.

Click here to see the content and structure of the CISI IISI programme.

  • 30 contact hours; 10 weeks
  • Champs Fleurs

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. It is intended for new entrants who are beginning their career in the financial services industry.

No formal prerequisite qualifications are required to register for this programme. To confirm your registration, complete an SBCS Registration Form, and note that:

  • All information is subject to change.  It is advisable to confirm all information before registering.
  • Registration for this programme can be done at any of our campus locations.
  • Payment of fees can be made by linx, credit card or cheque as SBCS employs a CASH FREE policy.
  • An administration fee of one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) is payable on registration, along with tuition fee ($3,000.00).
  • CISI Registration Fee – £32
  • CISI Exam Fee – £205

SBCS’ Accountancy Training and Education Centre (ATEC) Team consists of:

  • Ms. Malini Bridglalsingh – Manager
  • Ms. Melissa Edwards – Senior Course Administrator


This team is committed to providing you, our students, with prompt and efficient support for your programme, which you as an SBCS student deserve.  We can be contacted at 663-7227 Ext: 1010 – 1013.  However, we encourage you to contact us via e-mail (, if you are unable to contact us via phone.

About the Examination

The International Introduction to Securities and Investment qualification is examined via computer based testing and exams take place throughout the year.

The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions and lasts 1 hour.

Candidates sitting the exam by Computer Based Testing may have, in addition, up to 10% additional questions as trial questions that will not be separately identified and do not contribute to the result. Candidates will be given proportionately more time to complete the test.

The objective of the examination is to provide candidates with a basic introduction to the financial services industry with a particular focus on investments. It will test candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the following elements:

  • Introduction
  • Economic Environment
  • Financial Assets and Markets
  • Equities/Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Derivatives
  • Investment Funds
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Other Financial Products