ASIFMA Asia Financial Markets Foundation Certificate (AFMFC)


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Dates: 13-weeks with maximum expiry of 6 months (4 cohorts between 12 Sep 2022 and 30 April 2024)

Location: Virtual via ASIFMA Learning Management System

Note: Registration has been closed.


The Asia Financial Markets Foundation Certificate (AFMFC) course aims to provide the essential foundational knowledge required to become a successful professional in the Asian financial markets.

With input from financial services L&D leaders across APAC, ASIFMA has designed an introductory-level course providing an overview of all facets of the major Asian financial markets.

It is ideal training for early career staff of Asian financial market firms or for professionals looking to broaden their knowledge or transition into Asia financial markets.

This flexible course is low on cognitive load and allows participants to learn at their own pace (no off-desk time) within a minimum 13-week schedule. (maximum 6 months)

The Certificate is awarded upon passing a Final Exam.


  • Week 1 – Financial Markets Overview
  • Week 2 – Equities Markets
  • Week 3 – Fixed Income Markets
  • Week 4 – The FX Market
  • Week 5 – Derivatives
  • Week 6 – Commodities
  • Week 7 – Financial Market Operations
  • Week 8 – Risk Management
  • Week 9 – Regulatory Framework in Asia
  • Week 10 – Compliance & Legal
  • Week 11 – Ethics, Standards and Conduct
  • Week 12 – Emerging Issues in Asian Financial Markets
  • Week 13 – Revision and Exam Week


Our structured blended learning format is efficient, flexible and effective. It is low on cognitive load and can be completed entirely at your desk.


  • Learn in line with a 13-week period schedule starting in either March, June, September, or December
  • Time flexibility with a maximum expiry of 6 months.

Efficient and Flexible

Each week contains:

  • A “Pre-test” to assess your prior knowledge and help you decide where to focus your learning for the week. Only learn what you don’t already know.
  • Multiple 15-minute (approx.) “bite-size” lessons consisting of learning videos, knowledge checks and optional application tests. Dip in and out when you want.
  • A post-week survey for feedback. Learn when you want to.


  • Supported by 3 Zoom sessions with senior market practitioners
  • Final Exam acts to prove knowledge and earn the Certificate

Enrollment Fees:

  • USD 900 for ASIFMA members; USD 1,125 for non-members
  • Bulk discount is offered for 10+ registrations
  • No refund will be provided after registration for cancellations.

Certificate, Accreditation:

  • ASIFMA is an Approved Recognized Institution for Providing Continuous Professional Training (“CPT”) by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). SFC CPT hours will be available for those located in Hong Kong for completion of weekly online lessons and Zoom session attendance.
  • Completion of weekly online lessons and Zoom session attendance counts as CPD activity for holders of HKMA Enhanced Competency Framework certifications with relevant job roles.
  • In addition, by successfully completing the Exam at the end of the course, you will be awarded the ASIFMA Asia Financial Markets Foundation Certificate (AFMFC).

Online Training Provider Partner:

Alpha Development

ASIFMA is pleased to be partnering with Alpha Development, our online training provider partner for this course. Operating out of 4 global hubs in London, New York, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, Alpha was founded by experienced banking professionals with the aim of creating effective training solutions that accelerate the growth of early careers talent and generate high-performing teams and success in the financial markets.


You may contact ASIFMA Training Team at for further questions.

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