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Canadian Securities Institute® Partners with Mohawk College to Offer PFP® Designation
Mohawk Students Taking the Two-Year Financial Services Diploma Now Eligible to Earn PFP® Designation

TORONTO, JANUARY 29, 2016 – The Canadian Securities Institute® (CSI) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Mohawk College and approved their two-year Ontario College Diploma Program in Financial Services as an educational path leading to the Personal Financial Planner (PFP®) designation. The college’s Financial Services program prepares students to build a career in the financial services sector, including banking and insurance. Students who complete the program will now qualify to write the Applied Financial Planning (AFP) Certification exam, which is required to earn the Personal Financial Planner (PFP®) designation. Graduates from the Mohawk College program also earn the Certificate in Financial Services Advice (CFSA) offered through CSI. The CFSA is an industry recognized certificate program required for a number of roles in the financial services industry. 

“We’re very pleased to partner with such a highly respected Canadian college. The Personal Financial Planner (PFP) designation is a great asset for students who want to build careers in the financial services industry.” says Marie Muldowney, Managing Director, CSI. “The PFP program provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to work in the industry and to give financial planning advice to clients. It also includes the licensing requirement to sell investment funds. It’s gratifying to know that, through our partnership with Mohawk College, we can help students interested in this field to achieve their career goals faster.” 

“This is a very big advantage for students in Mohawk’s Financial Services program,” says Mary Iannazzo, Professor and Program Coordinator for Mohawk’s Financial Services program. “Our graduates will become PFPs faster and that will give them a significant advantage over the competition.”
“Mohawk is proud to be the first college in Canada to be able to offer this to our students,” says Piero Cherubini, Dean of the McKeil School of Business at Mohawk. “This agreement reflects the high calibre of the faculty at the McKeil School of Business who work hard to give our students the best education possible.”

The partnership between Mohawk College and CSI begins in 2016, but the offer to earn the PFP extends to include students who have been in the diploma program since September 2014.  
For further details on the Mohawk College program, visit here. For more information on the PFP designation program, visit



About the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI)
The Canadian Securities Institute® (CSI) is Canada’s leading provider of financial services education and credentials. Valued for its expertise in Canada and abroad, CSI offers more than 120 courses, such as the well-known Canadian Securities Course (CSC®), eleven certificate programs, popular specialized financial designations, such as the PFP®, CIM®, CIWM , MTI®, and the Fellow of CSI (FCSI®). In 2010, The Canadian Securities Institute® was acquired by Moody's Corporation and now operates as part of the Training and Certification arm of Moody's Analytics. For more information, please visit

About Mohawk College
Mohawk College serves 22,500 full-time, part-time and apprenticeship students at three campuses in Hamilton, Ontario. For the fifth consecutive year, Mohawk is ranked the number one college in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area for overall student satisfaction. Mohawk is also recognized as one of Canada’s greenest employers and one of the top employers in the Hamilton – Niagara region.

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Canadian Securities Institute
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Assistant Director – Marketing

Mohawk College
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Communications Coordinator
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