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  •  CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, today launches a new Private Equity Certificate.

    Underpinned by globally recognized CFA Program content, the new Private Equity Certificate is tailored to private equity professionals with one to three years of experience. The certificate seeks to equip professionals within private equity partnerships, as well as those aspiring to such roles, with the skills needed to analyze private equity investments, assess deals, and leverage value-creation strategies. The Private Equity Certificate meets the learning needs of interns, analysts, and associates at private equity firms or investment banks and individuals currently pursuing relevant degrees.

    In addition, the Private Equity Certificate caters to the needs of small to mid-sized PE firms seeking access to recognized, high-quality training content to facilitate seamless onboarding of new employees and improve retention.

    By offering targeted education and practical skills development focused on gaining job-ready skills, the certificate aims to equip participants with the expertise and knowledge necessary to thrive in the competitive landscape of private equity. The certificate is a self-paced, intermediate-level certificate. Comprised of five courses, it is focused on the practical skills, notably modelling, and outcomes expected of an analyst or associate in a private equity firm. Students will complete a 60-question final assessment.

    The five courses are:

    Course 1: Private Markets Essentials

    Course 2: Private Equity

    Course 3: Private Debt for Private Equity Practitioners

    Course 4: Intermediate Financial Modeling

    Course 5: General Partner Perspectives

    The Certificate will offer students an opportunity to interact directly with a financial modeling trainer in an open forum. The subject-matter expert trainers can provide help, offer clarification, guidance, and feedback on any specific areas of concern related to the financial modelling certificate content. Monthly one-hour live sessions will begin in September and will be available to suit different time zones.

    Richard Fernand, Head of Certificate Management at CFA Institute, comments:

    “As the investment landscape continues to evolve, we remain committed to meeting the dynamic needs of the investment profession and client demands. Research interviews conducted prior to the development of the Private Equity Certificate highlighted the need for private equity content that incorporates financial modeling. The new certificate complements the foundational level Private Markets and Alternatives Certificate launched by CFA Institute last year and offers both learning and practical content, empowering candidates with increased confidence and enhanced credibility within their organizations.

    “Alongside the existing Private Markets and Alternative Investments Certificate, and the recent launch of the CFA Program LIII Private Markets Pathway, this new certificate underscores the commitment by CFA Institute to providing high-quality educational content in the alternatives space.

    “We believe that by equipping candidates with the skills, tools, and techniques demanded by the market, our suite of private market certificates will open doors for career advancement and benefit end clients. Looking ahead, CFA Institute plans to introduce an additional private markets certificate next year, providing learners with access to advanced-level private equity modeling,” Fernand said.

    Arati Porwal, Country Head – India, CFA Institute, commented:

    “India’s private equity market has been expanding rapidly, driven by a growing economy, an increasing number of startups, and robust domestic consumption. To meet the dynamic needs of the industry, CFA Institute is proud to present its new Private Equity Certification, as an extension to our recently launched Private Markets and Alternative Investments Certificate and the CFA Program LIII Private Markets Pathway. Aimed at industry professionals, consultants, and new entrants to the investment management sector, the well-rounded course will equip candidates with the necessary skills to boost their careers in the Private Equity market. As India grows in stature as a global economic powerhouse, we at CFA Institute remain committed to meeting the evolving needs of the market and empowering investment professionals across India and globally.”

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