Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 Prep courses

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 1 Prep Course


The Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) credential has become the most respected and recognized investment designation in the world; enrolling in the CFA Program is your first step toward earning this qualification.

The CFA Program curriculum covers concepts and skills you will use at all stages of your career, bridging academic theory, current industry practice, and ethical and professional standards to provide a strong foundation of advanced investment analysis and real-world portfolio management skills.

Date/Time: Programme commences on 09 January 2017 (View detailed schedule)

Training Duration: 106 net training hours

Registration Deadline: 04 January 2017

Location: CIIM Limassol ( View Map )


The preparatory courses will guide you through twenty-two days of 135 hours in-depth learning in the following disciplines:

  • Ethical and Professional Standards
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis
  • Corporate Finance
  • Equity Investments
  • Fixed Income
  • Derivatives
  • Alternative Investments
  • Portfolio Management and Wealth Planning

Important Note: You must not consider the CIIM CFA Level 1 preparatory course as your only source for studying for the CFA examination. The CFA examination will require a lot of your personal commitment and self-study, and it will be expected that you will join the classes adequately prepared.


Investment Professionals

The CFA Program curriculum is designed to complement your experience with a broad range of skills determined to be most relevant by investment practitioners and employers. Acquiring this additional knowledge will enhance your professional abilities and will increase your standing with colleagues, clients, and your employer.

Career Changers

Many non-investment professionals, such as attorneys and accountants, choose to earn the CFA charter to gain broader professional expertise. If you are developing an additional area of proficiency or if you are seeking to make a career change into the investment profession, completing the CFA Program is a cost-effective way to gain the skills you need for success in today’s global investment profession and to signal the seriousness of your intentions.


If you are a student planning to enter the finance or investment profession, there is no better way to signal your commitment and your ability to perform at a high level than by enrolling in the CFA Program, learning the skills you will need to succeed in the investment industry, and earning the CFA charter.


All CIIM Executive Education programmes are developed and taught by CIIM resident and visiting faculty who are widely recognised as skilled professional trainers with local and international business experience. Through many years of business consulting and teaching experience, CIIM faculty develop innovative long-lasting practical concepts that shape the practice of your daily professional responsibilities. The result is a practical educational experience which is designed to have an immediate effect into your business environment.


Trainer Bio

Constantinos Papanastasiou has over 16 years of experience in investment banking and currently services as the Head of Investment Banking at The Cyprus Investment & Securities Corporation Limited (CISCO), Bank of Cyprus Group. He previously held the position of Head of Corporate Finance of CISCO following positions within the Investment Banking Division.

Mr. Papanastasiou is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA) Limited and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Funds Association (CIFA). He is also a Lecturer for various professional courses at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) including the CFA Program and the CF Program.

He also formerly served as President of the CFA Society of Cyprus and as a Member of the Board of Directors of Cyprus Airways Public Limited.

Mr. Papanastasiou is a Charter Financial Analyst Charterholder from the CFA Institute, and also holds a Corporate Finance Qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors UK, and the advanced certificate from CySEC for the provision of investment services.

He holds a B.Sc. (Econ) in Economics and Statistics from University College London and a M.Phil Finance from the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College.

Trainer Bio

Michalis Florentiades is the Head of Investment Research at XM, an online financial services company. He has more than 15 years experience in the financial services sector.

His interests include foreign exchange markets, investment strategy and international economic developments. He attended the London School of Economics (LSE) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and holds a Master’s degree in Mathematical Trading and Finance from the City University Business School.

Over the years Mr Florentiades has been actively involved in professional societies. As a CFA Charterholder and recognized expert in his field, he has featured on numerous occasions as a speaker at conferences and on television. Mr Florentiades has also often been quoted by the international press in publications such as the Financial Times and by news services such as Reuters and Bloomberg for his insight on specialist financial matters.

Within XM, Mr Florentiades is responsible for overseeing the strategic implementation of investment research conducted on a daily basis as regards any news and economic developments which may have an impact on global markets. His department publishes articles and analysis on the XM website, in addition to conducting external presentations for traders in different geographic locations.

Trainer Bio

Demetris Nicolaou holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BsBA) in Economics and Finance from the American University in Washington, DC. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the same university with concentration in International Finance.

From 1994 to 2000 he worked at Emerging Markets Management in Arlington, Virginia, first as an Investment Analyst and later as a Co-Portfolio Manager. His main focus was managing equity and private equity portfolios in Emerging Markets, covering numerous economies and companies within Emerging Markets.

In 1995 he passed the Registered Investment Advisor Exams (NASD Series 65) in the USA. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation since 1999.

From 2000 to 2004 he worked at Alpha Bank Ltd in Nicosia as Head of Asset Management and Private Banking. He was also in charge of the Bank’s investment portfolios.

Demetris holds Professional Competence Certificates issued by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) for a) Supervisor of customer portfolio management and b) Supervisor for dealing in financial instruments for own account.

In 2004 he joined his family business, D. Nicolaou & Sons Ltd, a company involved in the trading of steel, welded steel mesh, building materials, floorings, household products, DIY products, and property ownership & management. He is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as well as a member of the Board of Directors.

Demetris has served on the Board of the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Society of Cyprus for four years as Secretary from 2006 to 2010. He was elected President of the CFA Society of Cyprus, for a 2-year term between 2010 and 2012.

Since 2011, he has been teaching at the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM) the subjects of Ethics and Portfolio Management for the CFA Prep Course.

Demetris is a member of the Institute of Directors (IOD) since 2010. Ιn 2013 he took the IOD course for Certified Directors, and after passing the relevant examination was awarded the Certificate in Company Direction.

Since 2011 he is a non-executive Board Member of Axia Ventures, a boutique Investment Banking firm, with presence in Greece, Cyprus, London and New York. He also serves on the Board of The Alexandria Fund, an open-ended mutual fund company licensed and regulated under the Cayman Islands Mutual Fund Law.


Programme Fee: €1,513

Fees include tuition and classroom's educational material.

Due to CIIM's non-profit status, no VAT is charged

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