Certified European Financial Analyst Diploma (CEFA)
The CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst) Diploma Program is an internationally accredited program offered by the Romanian Banking Institute (RBI), in partnership with AAFBR (Romanian Financial-Banking Analysts Association), built on the educational and exam curriculum of the European Federation for Financial Analysts Societies (EFFAS).
The CEFA designation was introduced in 1992 as a means of providing a high and uniform standard of training for investment professionals within Europe. Since its introduction, the CEFA diploma has become one of the most respected and recognized professional credentials in the European Union.
We know that your time is very precious, divided between job requirements, family and building a successful career. Therefore, the Romanian Banking Institute offers you this specialized training program to maximize using your available time, while developing competencies necessary for being a successful and reliable professional on the financial market.
WHY CHOOSE THE CEFA PROGRAM
Recognition and credibility: becoming a CEFA is now a passport for excellence and international mobility, this diploma being recognized by employers, investment professionals and investors, as well.
Enhanced skills & knowledge: the CEFA Program curriculum targets the skills required to make sound investment decisions and develops insight into professional responsibilities. The program curriculum is based on an extensive and ongoing global practice, an analysis process that relies on input, discussions, surveys, and reviews from top active practitioners that will instruct you.
Competitive leverage: earning the CEFA diploma demonstrates a mastery of the analytic and decision-making skills needed in today’s fast-evolving and competitive workplace.
Time management: the CEFA program is especially designed for people who work and hence fits into a busy schedule.
Expanded network: when you earn the CEFA diploma, you join a large and growing network of respected investment professionals from all over the world. This means you will benefit from highly valuable collective expertise, connections, and resources.
The CEFA program is recommended primarily for: financial analysts in commercial banks – treasury, corporate department, financial advisors of private banking; professionals interested in investment banking, investment funds, pension funds, life insurance, wealth management companies; analysts on investment field; treasurers; large portfolio managers, asset managers; corporate finance managers; professionals taking part in legislation or supervision of the above mentioned fields; other professionals intending to make a step forward in the field of investment-analysis and also professionals intending to work in the investment sector, but need specific qualification and experience.
CEFA EXAMINATION TOPIC AREAS
The content comprises seven topic areas based upon the EFFAS syllabus and accreditations of national member societies programs, supervised by the CTQAB (Commission on Training and Qualifications Accreditation Board).
The CEFA examinations consist of a pool of questions that come from all parts of the world, prepared by lecturers and experts from EFFAS partners, in their ongoing competition for excellence.
The examinations have two parts: multiple choice questions (15-20 questions per topic) and open questions (1 or 2 questions per topic).
The table below is a summary of the examinable topic areas for CEFA.
|Exam 1||Corporate Finance
Financial accounting and statement analysis
Equity valuation and analysis
|Exam 2||Fixed income valuation and analysis
|Exam 3||Derivative valuation and analysis
Financial statements analysis
Market structures and instruments
Exams are held each April and November, within the deadline granted by EFFAS (2 years of access to the platform and all exams should be passed within 3 years from initial registration).
The participants will receive the European EFFAS Diploma, after successfully completing all exams.
After receiving the EFFAS Diploma, additional exams for the CIIA (Certified International Investment Analyst) Diploma can also be taken.
The table from below presents the schedule for the preparation courses leading to Exam 1 CEFA.
|1 and ½ days (Fri and Sat)||16,00 – 20,00||Corporate Finance (CF)||Exam 1|
|9,00 – 17,00|
|1 and ½ days (Fri and Sat)||16,00 – 20,00||Financial accounting and statement analysis (FASA)|
|9,00 – 17,00|
|1 and ½ days (Fri and Sat)||16,00 – 20,00||Equity valuation and analysis (EVA)|
|9,00 – 17,00|
|1 and ½ days (Fri and Sat)||16,00 – 20,00||Corporate Finance (CF)||Revision (REV)|
|9.00 – 12.30||Financial accounting and statement analysis (FASA)|
|13.30 – 17.00||Equity valuation and analysis (EVA)|
Launching of the 6th EFFAS-CEFA program: May, 2021
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April, 2021
PROGRAM DURATION: one year and six months of enhanced distance learning (May 2021 – November 2022) including a total of 16 weekend days of classroom instruction (Friday and/or Saturday), exam simulations and final tests.
Course registration is made by filling in the registration form; RBI will organise the courses at its premises, providing specialized/accredited lecturers and study materials and catering (coffee breaks & light lunch are provided for the classroom based sessions).
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: CV in English, legalised copy of the bachelor diploma, bachelor diploma translated into English and copy of the identity card.
Well known experts from the Romanian financial industry constitute the group of lecturers for this program. The lecturers are available during the entire study period (classroom sessions and enhanced distance learning).
Adrian Codîrlaşu, CFA, PhD
Adrian is Director of Market and Operational Risk Department within UniCredit Bank and Vicepresident of the Romanian Financial-Banking Analysts Association (AAFBR). Previously, Adrian has had 5 yrs. of experience in trading and treasury as Senior Options Dealer within ING Bank and more than 5 yrs. of experience in economic research as Senior Economist within Research Department in National Bank of Romania. Adrian is also Associate Professor with ASE where he teaches subjects like econometrics, financial markets, derivatives, fixed income and risk management. He is associate lecturer at RBI from 2013.
Florin Alexandru Dună, PhD
Florin Alexandru Dună, PhD. is an economist and banker by profession, with accumulated experience in the area of recovery (execution, work-ins and insolvency) as well as in the area of lending and sales, in the area of services and corporate banking products, in banks such as NBR, Leumi Bank or Exim Bank. He is currently Head of Corporate Credit Support and Project Leader in the Corporate & Large Corporate division of OTP BANK Romania. He holds a BEc in Banking Marketing, a Master‘s Degree in Banking and Insurance and a PhD in Finance from the Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest
Carmen Lipara, Phd.
Carmen is Head of Financial Markets Research at BRD-GSG, having more than 9 yrs. of experience in equity research. Previously, she was Head of Research within an independent brokerage company. Also, she is a lecturer at ASE, where she teaches courses on corporate finance, business valuation and capital markets.
Mihail-Dan Stan, FCCA, AAFBR, CAFR, CECCAR
Mihai has an overall 15 years banking experience with Banca Comerciala Romana and UniCredit Bank, being involved as in many areas as budgeting, IFRS reporting, consolidation, managing set up of subsidiaries, liquidating of equity investments, M&A projects, etc. respectively including projects performed for World Bank in Romania, cost-benefit and investment analysis for EU Projects implemented by local authorities. The Rompetrol Group experience in the finance area and investment project analysis has been invaluable as well as the prior auditor experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers. This mix of professional practical experiences will ensure insights of various industries bringing views of all stakeholders from investors to the government authorities. He has been teaching IFRS courses in partnership with Exec-Edu since 2004 and ACCA Professional Exams courses since 2007. Mihai has been member of ACCA Romania Steering Committee since 2004 and Vice-President of AAFBR since 2016.
Nicolae Covrig, PhD, CFA
Nicolae has more than 15 years of experience in applied research in macroeconomics and in financial markets and he currently works within the macroeconomic research division of Raiffeisen Bank Romania. He is also Associate Professor with ASE Bucharest. In the past, he worked as economist with the National Bank of Romania in the macroeconomic forecasting division and as teaching assistant at ASE Bucharest.
Cristian Popa, CFA
Cristian is a member of the Board of the National Bank of Romania. He was previously the Chief Investment Officer at NN Life Insurance SA, where he was responsible for investments at the largest life insurance company in Romania. With over 10 years of experience in asset management, capital markets and risk management, he had several roles in mutual fund administration, pension funds, financial and derivative trading. Following the graduation from the Faculty of Economics, Cristian received a master degree in International Risk Management at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. In 2013, upon receiving the CFA charter, Cristian joined the largest association of investment professionals in the world. He is currently board member of CFA Society Romania. With excellent skills for financial analysis and corporate finance, he is responsible for voluntary pension investment portfolios, covering fixed income and listed equities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Daniela ROPOTA, CIIA
Daniela has more than 10 years of experience in analyzing investments on the local capital market. Her duties included, in particular, the production of various company reports, sectoral analysis, financial performance estimates and articles on economic developments. Since 2017, she has been involved in risk management activity on the investment fund segment. Daniela graduated the Master of Financial Management and Capital Markets and attended the EFFAS summer school in Madrid. Most recently, she is the holder of the Certified International Investment Analyst, an advanced professional qualification for individuals working in the finance and investment industry.
For further information and enrollment, please contact:
Romanian Banking Institute
3, Negru Vodă Street, sect.3, Bucharest
Tel: 074 888 68 34; 037.239.4409