FAQ 2017-05-19T03:18:44+00:00
How do I enroll? 2018-04-18T08:05:22+00:00

You can enroll online by making a payment by credit card online or by sending a wire transfer to:

  • Bank: HSBC, 1 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
  • Bank Code: 004
  • Swift Code: HSBCHKHHHKH
  • Beneficiary: First Finance Institute Limited
  • Account #: 848-489357-838

In both cases, you will receive an enrollment confirmation within 24 hours.

Who is eligible to take the course? 2017-06-13T08:41:16+00:00

The program is open to all! There is no selection or conditions to fulfill. However, like any Columbia Business School program, it is demanding and will require you to invest some time and efforts.

Beyond the designation-we are believers that “You will only get as much as you put in” to the program.

What are the prerequisites? How do I know if I am ready? 2017-06-15T01:59:00+00:00

We ask that all students have a general familiarity with the three key financial statements: income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement.

What is a cohort? 2017-06-15T02:06:39+00:00

A cohort is the group of fellow participants you will be learning with throughout the 17-week program. While you can study on your own, you will be learning the same materials as everyone else in your cohort.

What percentage of the people who start the program finish it? 2017-06-15T03:18:02+00:00

It varies by cohort, but in other ICCF programs 80% of the students who start the program go to the final and 85% of those students pass the final exam, so approximately 70% of the students who start the program earn their credential on the first try.

Will I get to attend any events on campus? 2017-06-15T01:36:08+00:00

Yes, we plan to offer a master class on campus for all ICCF students and alumni at least once per year.

What about other in-person meetups? 2017-06-15T01:37:03+00:00

Yes, we have seen people organize meetups in different countries. The online forums and LinkedIn groups are great ways to organize this.

How often will a cohort be offered and when? 2017-06-15T02:04:31+00:00

Cohorts are going to be offered at least twice a year, typically in the February and March time frame and again in September and October.

Do I get Columbia Business credit for taking the program? 2017-06-16T02:04:56+00:00

While the program is non-credit bearing, by completing this course, you will earn 1 Columbia Business School Certificate in Business Excellence (CIBE) credit. By earning the CIBE, you will receive select Columbia Business School alumni benefits. Learn more on the Columbia Business School Executive Education website.

How much does the program cost? 2018-04-18T08:07:46+00:00

The current tuition is $2,900 including all training materials and testing fees. If you drop out of the program and want to re-enroll in a future cohort the fee is $500.

Are there financial aid options? 2017-06-15T03:14:40+00:00

Many of our students receive tuition reimbursement from their employers. We provide corporate sponsorship inquiry forms upon request. You may also request a private loan.

Is the program tuition tax-deductible? 2017-06-15T01:48:11+00:00

In many cases, yes. Please read the IRS guidelines to see if you qualify.

How does the final exam work? 2017-06-15T01:31:45+00:00

At the end of the third course there is a 120-question, 2-hour final exam that all students must take in order to get their ICCF designation. Students register online at a physical Pearson VUE center anywhere in the world and at any time that is convenient to them.

I am an employer or human resources professional who would like to enroll a group of my employees. Are there any corporate tuition discounts? 2017-06-15T01:34:24+00:00

Yes, we do accommodate larger groups from various corporations and it is great way to way to train your emerging leaders in a convenient and cost-effective manner. Group discounts are offered. Contact us for more information at cbs@ff.institute.

What are the criteria for earning the ICCF @ Columbia Business School Certificate? 2017-06-15T02:14:39+00:00

To earn the ICCF @ Columbia Business School, you will need to meet the following criteria:

– Participate actively in all three modules

– Obtain a minimal grade of 50% at each case study

– Obtain a minimal grade of 60% at the final exam

Your final grade is the weighted average of the case study exercises (30%: 10% per exercise) and your final grade (70%).

How do I receive my digital certificate? 2017-06-13T08:49:35+00:00

We have partnered with a digital certifying company called CV Trust. Through this partnership you will receive a bar-coded digital certificate which you can post on your CV or LinkedIn Profile. You will also be able to use this digital certificate to immediately validate your program completion with a current or prospective employer.

Can I study on my smartphone or tablet? 2017-06-15T04:13:08+00:00

Yes. All of the course material is mobile friendly. In fact, many of our students love to study on mobile devices and enjoy the convenience of watching a video on the subway or bus.

What is the profile of a typical student? Age, background, etc? 2017-06-15T02:01:19+00:00

ICCF draws a very diverse group of students. This can range from undergraduate students to senior executives. Students come from all over the world and bring various perspectives. Professional backgrounds include corporate lawyers, investment bankers, corporate bankers, and corporate finance professionals at Fortune 500 companies, and technology and marketing professionals working in the corporate finance industry.

What happens if I drop out of the program? Do I get back my tuition back? 2017-06-15T03:22:51+00:00

Tuition is due prior to the start of the cohort and is non-refundable. If you do drop out for any reason you are invited to re-enroll in a future cohort. The fee for re-enrollment is $500.

Are the professors all faculty at Columbia Business School? 2017-06-15T02:03:28+00:00

Yes, all faculty members in the program also teach on the Columbia Business School campus.

How do the live sessions work? What time are they and what if I miss one? 2017-06-15T03:21:58+00:00

The synchronous live sessions are held weekly and enable you to directly ask the faculty questions about the course material. These sessions also provide the faculty an opportunity to emphasize any points that require clarification. The sessions are generally held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Eastern time. The sessions are not mandatory and replays are typically available one hour after the presentation concludes.

What are the case study exercises? 2017-06-15T01:28:32+00:00

The case studies are designed by the faculty to serve as real-world application of the weekly course material.

How many courses are in the program, how long is each course and the total program? 2017-06-15T03:15:32+00:00

There are 3 courses in the program and each course is 5-6 weeks long.

How does the program work each week? What should we expect? 2017-06-15T04:13:50+00:00

Every week will start with new learning material, including 5-6 asynchronous videos. The videos cover the core material for the program and are all roughly 8-12 minutes in length (or 40-72 minutes total per week). In addition to the asynchronous videos there is one weekly live session, practice tests, weekly quizzes, exercises, forums, and case studies.

How hard is the program? How much work should I expect to put in? 2017-06-15T01:30:11+00:00

The program is designed to be challenging but manageable for a workflow perspective. Many of our students are working professionals and we try to make the program as convenient as possible. Overall the amount of time will vary by student but you should expect to spend 3-5 per week on the program and another 30 hours preparing for the final exam.

What are the online forums for? 2017-06-15T03:19:37+00:00

One of the great things about the program is that you are not alone. You will be learning with peers around the world. The forums can be used for technical support or to discuss instructional aspects of the material or current events.

What if I am in active duty military or in a location where Pearson VUE is not? 2017-06-15T01:32:56+00:00

Pearson VUE has locations all over the world and has been a suitable option for 95% of our alumni. For those on active duty or in places where Pearson VUE is not a feasible option, we offer an online proctoring option where students can take the exam remotely.

What happens if I fail the final exam? Do I get a second chance? 2017-06-13T08:53:35+00:00

Yes. It is possible to take the exam again within 3 months following the end of the last module.

We will charge additional administrative fee $150. In case you fail the exam the second time you are permitted to re-enroll in a future cohort for a fee of $500.

What are the technical requirements? 2017-06-15T01:57:06+00:00

You’ll need an internet-enabled device, a high-speed internet connection, and a modern web browser. We have found Chrome or Firefox to be best from a student experience.

There is no software to download or any sort of install.

Can I download the learning assets? 2017-06-15T02:12:50+00:00

Yes. Videos and textbooks can be downloaded. We invite you to keep them for your personal use.

What is the goal of ICCF and what are its alumni saying about the program? 2017-06-15T04:12:31+00:00

The program is designed to help you learn the key aspects of corporate finance and use this designation to help further your career. In addition, 90% of current ICCF holders said they would recommend or strongly recommend the program to others.

Who is FFI? 2017-06-15T03:21:05+00:00

FIRST FINANCE Institute (FFI) specializes in online certification programs in finance and has a great group of technologists and instructional designers who are here to help.

How long has ICCF been around? How many people have enrolled in an ICCF training program? 2017-06-13T08:52:55+00:00

ICCF was started in 2014 to fill a market need by providing the first benchmark certification in corporate finance. Since launch it has had over 2,000 participants.