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Advanced Investment Strategies (AIS)


Upon completion of this course, you will gain the knowledge needed to help clients make smarter investment decisions and ultimately, reach their goals.

Students will gain the knowledge and confidence required to:

  • Identify client net worth, lifestyle expectations and income needs
  • Determine risk tolerance
  • Conduct investment product due diligence for both traditional and alternative investments
  • Implement allocation techniques to help optimize assets
  • Manage a portfolio of managed products
  • Develop wealth accumulation strategies
  • Assess the benefits and risks of international investments
  • Select, build and implement strategies that protect client portfolios
  • Understand the taxation of personal investment income from an international perspective

How you'll learn

CSI offers a variety of options to help you learn at your own pace. Study online, by textbook or using a combination of both.

You'll benefit from:

  • Pre-chapter learning objectives and goals to prepare your thoughts and focus your efforts
  • Interactive learning tools to crystallize the wealth management principles you are learning
  • Audio coaching podcasts featuring wealth management experts
  • Online question and answer forums
  • Online access to all textbook materials, arranged chapter-by-chapter
  • Self-assessment tools after every chapter to reinforce mastery of the material
Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 60 - 80 hours

** In order to provide some guidance to course participants as to the length of time it will take to be sufficiently prepared to write the final examination, CSI has prepared this estimate of the number of hours an average participant could possibly expect to spend studying for a course. Please note that these are only recommended hours of study developed based on research and our course content, however, this does not mean that some students with exceptional backgrounds would not take less time than recommended or that students with no background at all in finance or economics would not take longer than the maximum.

(weightings are approximate)
The Canadian Wealth Management Market 1%
Understanding the Client 13%
Investment Management Process 5%
Fundamental and Technical Analysis 15%
Analyzing and Selecting Debt and Mutual Fund Securities 12%
Analysis of Alternative Investment Products 13%
International Investing and Taxation 11%
Portfolio Solutions Fundamentals 12%
Protecting Client's Investments 9%
Impediments to Wealth Accumulation 9%
Exams 1
Exam Format Paper or Computer Based
Exam Length 2 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 75
Attempts Allowed Per Exam 3*
Passing Grade 60%
Assignments None
Enrolment Period 1 year

On successful completion of this course you will be able to download a Notice of Course Completion available through your student profile. This will remain on your profile as formal indication of course completion.

CSI will mail you a wall certificate within 4 - 6 weeks of course completion. Frames to display your certificate are available. Please ensure that your First and Last Name on your profile match your First and Last Name on your Government Issued Photo identification - this will ensure you receive an accurate certificate.

CSI will be pleased to issue an Honors Certificate to all students who obtain a final course mark of 85% or higher.

*There is no charge for your first attempt at a paper-based exam within Canada, as long as it's at a regular exam center and you provide a minimum of 14 days notice before the date that you want to write the exam. If you would like to write a computer-based exam, an additional fee will be required.

Each subsequent paper-based exam attempt at a regular exam centre within Canada will also require an additional fee. This fee is in addition to any special, computer-based or international fees that may apply. You must provide a minimum of 14 days notice within Canada at a regular exam centre and 4 weeks notice for all other centres. Please note that the date of the exam is not part of any notice period.

†Please note: Access to your online materials will close 2 weeks after successful course completion or course expiry (whichever comes first). This course can be extended by 1 year provided you have not exceeded the attempts allowed for each exam. Extension fees apply. Your enrolment period can only be extended one time.

Important: During a student's enrolment period, CSI may update this course. In that case, details about the update and how it may affect students will be posted online via My CSI. Students are held responsible for and are examinable on the content in the course textbook(s) provided at the time of enrollment unless stated otherwise in My CSI. Students are encouraged to check My CSI regularly throughout their enrolment period.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Click the links below or the buttons at the top of the page on the right side to access CE accreditation information. To search for specific course information, press Ctrl + F and then enter the course name to search the document for the information you are interested in.

National/Provincial (Excluding Quebec)
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Quebec (IQPF/CSF)
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Please note: While CSI makes every effort to ensure that the information is up-to-date, we are unfortunately unable to fully guarantee its accuracy. The information listed in the charts above may be subject to change.

More detailed information on CE Credits are available.