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Investment Funds in Canada (IFC) Course Information

Get your mutual fund sales license through the most popular investment funds course available. Investment Funds in Canada (IFC) course will give you the certification you need to start giving advice and to start helping your clients make smart investment decisions based on their needs.

Earn Your Mutual Fund Dealer – Dealing Representative License
Meet regulatory requirements to register for a license to sell mutual funds
Start Building Your Book of Business
Gain the knowledge to give advice and start building your career as a mutual funds sales representative

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Who Should Enrol in the IFC Course?

Enrol in the IFC if you're:

  • Seeking your license to sell mutual funds
  • A financial services professional seeking to grow your knowledgebase
  • Want a broader understanding of capital markets

Course leads to the following credentials:


Everything You Need To Succeed

The IFC prepares you to advise clients about their mutual funds investments based on their objectives, timeline and risk tolerance. It also explains a mutual fund representative's legal, ethical and professional responsibilities.

What will you Learn About?

  • The financial markets and mutual fund industry
  • Your role as a mutual fund sales representative
  • The importance of the "Know your client" rule and how to apply it
  • Analyzing the risk-return relationship of investments
  • Explain the process of creating and managing investment portfolios that meets client's needs
  • The different types of mutual funds
  • The function of exchanges and clearinghouses
  • Assessing mutual funds performance and fee structure

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Chapter 1 - The Role of the Mutual Fund Sales Representative

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • How has the Mutual Fund Industry Evolved?
  • What is the Value in Licensing?
  • Why Provide Excellent Client Service?
  • Why is Understanding your Clients and Products Important?
  • Why are The Know Your Client Rule and Suitability Important?
  • What is the Role of a Mutual Fund Sales Representative?
  • Mutual Fund Sales in Practice

Chapter 2 - Overview of the Canadian Financial Marketplace

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What is Investment Capital?
  • What are the Financial Instruments?
  • What are the Financial Markets?
  • Who are the Different Financial Intermediaries?
  • What is the Canadian Securities Regulatory Framework?

Chapter 3 - Economic Principles

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What is Economics?
  • How is Economic Growth Measured?
  • What are the Phases of the Business Cycle?
  • What are the Key Labour Market Indicators?
  • What Role do Interest Rates Play?
  • What is the Nature of Money and Inflation?
  • How do Fiscal and Monetary Policies and International Economics Impact the Economy?

Chapter 4 - Getting to know the client

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Why are Client Communication and Planning Important?
  • What is the Financial Planning Approach?
  • What are the Steps in the Financial Planning Process?
  • What is the Life-Cycle Hypothesis?

Chapter 5 - Behavioural Finance

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • Investor Behaviour
  • How do Representatives Apply Bias Diagnoses when Structuring Asset Allocations?

Chapter 6 - Tax and Retirement Planning

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • How does the Canadian Taxation System Work?
  • What are the Main Pension Plans in Canada?
  • What are Tax Deferral Plans?

Chapter 7 - Types of Investment Products and How They Are Traded

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are Fixed-Income Securities?
  • What are the Fundamentals of Bond Pricing and Properties?
  • What are Equity Securities?
  • How are New Securities Brought to Market?
  • What are Derivative Securities?

Chapter 8 - Constructing Investment Portfolios

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What is Risk and Return?
  • What are the Impacts of Economic Conditions in Comparing Returns?
  • How to Calculate a Return
  • How to Measure Risk
  • What is Portfolio Analysis?
  • How are Portfolios Managed?
  • What are the Methods of Analysis?

Chapter 9 - Understanding Financial Statements

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are the Financial Statements?
  • What is the Statement of Financial Position?
  • What is the Statement of Comprehensive Income?
  • What is the Statement of Changes in Equity?
  • What is Financial Statement Analysis?
  • Appendix A: XYZ Inc. Financial Statements

Chapter 10 - The Modern Mutual Fund

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What is a Mutual Fund?
  • How are Mutual Funds Organized?
  • How are Mutual Funds Regulated?

Chapter 11 - Conservative Mutual Fund Products

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are Money Market Mutual Funds?
  • What are Mortgage Mutual Funds?
  • What are Bond and Other Fixed-Income Funds?

Chapter 12 - Riskier Mutual Fund Products

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are Equity Mutual Funds?
  • What are Balanced Mutual Funds?
  • What are Global Mutual Funds?
  • What are Specialty Mutual Funds?

Chapter 13 - Alternative Managed Products

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are Principal-Protected Notes?
  • What are Hedge Funds?
  • What are Closed-End Funds?
  • What are Exchange-Traded Funds?
  • What are Segregated Funds?

Chapter 14 - Understanding Mutual Fund Performance

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • How is Portfolio Performance Evaluated?
  • How is Performance Assessment Conducted?
  • How is a Comparison Universe Used?
  • How is Quartile Ranking Used?

Chapter 15 - Selecting a Mutual Fund

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • How does Volatility impact Mutual Fund Returns?
  • What are the Steps in Selecting a Mutual Fund?
  • What Other Elements should be Considered when Analyzing and Selecting Mutual Funds?

Chapter 16 - Mutual Fund Fees and Services

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are the Fees and Charges of Mutual Funds?
  • What are Accumulation Plans?
  • What are Systematic Withdrawal Plans?
  • How are Mutual Funds Taxed?

Chapter 17 - Mutual Fund Dealer Regulation

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are the Mandate and Scope of Securities Administrators?
  • What are Self-Regulatory Organizations?
  • What are the Registration Requirements?
  • How do Representatives and Dealers meet the Know Your Client Rules?
  • What are the Steps in Opening a Mutual Fund Account?
  • What are the Prohibited Selling Practices?
  • What are the Rules for Communications with Clients?
  • What is the Client Relationship Model (CRM)?
  • What are Your Other Legal Responsibilities?

Chapter 18 - Applying Ethical Standards to What You Have Learned

Topics covered in this chapter are:

  • What are Ethics and the Standards of Conduct?
  • How to Apply What You've Learned to Case Studies
Approximate Hours of Study**
Hours of Study 90 - 140 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)
Introduction to the Mutual Funds Marketplace 13%
The Know Your Client Communication Process 19%
Understanding Investment Products and Portfolios 18%
The Modern Mutual Fund 5%
Analysis of Mutual Funds 10%
Understanding Alternative Managed Products 3%
Evaluating and Selecting Mutual Funds 16%
Ethics, Compliance, and Mutual Fund Regulation 16%
Exams 1
Exam Format Proctored (remote or in person at a test centre)
Exam Duration 3 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 100
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 confirmation 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 student who obtain a final course mark of 85% or higher.

* The first attempt is included in the course enrolment fee. Further attempts incur fees.

†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. You can view CSI extension fees here. Your enrolment period can only be extended one time.

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