Introduction to Securities & Investment (International)

Why study the Introduction to Securities & Investment (International)?

The International Introduction to Investment is the foundation exam for many higher level CISI qualifications. It offers a broad introduction to the financial services sector, with a specific focus on investments from a global perspective.

The qualification focuses on international markets and covers key financial principles and products in depth including assets and markets, equities, bonds, derivatives and investment funds. It explores the broader economic environment along with a specific focus on the African financial services sector. The qualification offers an introduction to financial services regulation and ensures candidates are provided with an understanding of ethical behaviour and acting with integrity.

The content was easy to digest, well suited for the Kenyan market and with great examples of the European and American markets.
I now have a much better grasp of the financial services profession and their product offering.

Charlene Wanjiku Kimara, Customer Service Manager, KCB Capital

Key features:

  • A comprehensive entry-level qualification - provides a detailed overview of investment and professional terminology from a global perspective
  • The first step in the CISI’s qualification pathway - can be taken as a stand-alone qualification or as a first step towards qualifications in capital markets, operations, compliance and risk, and wealth management
  • Africa focused study material - provides examples from the African financial landscape to provide students an enhanced study experience
  • Remote learning - ebooks offers candidates more flexibility to prepare for CISI exams with increased functionality and interactivity
  • Instant results via computer based testing- the qualification is assessed via a one-hour exam consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions. The pass mark for the exam is 70%.
  • Free CISI Student membership - become associated with a Chartered professional body and take advantage of an extensive range of benefits

Qualification Structure


Exam Details

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Study support

Upon registering for the exam, you will receive the most up-to-date workbook for International Introduction to Investment (Africa) in PDF format. You will also gain access to “MyStudy” CISI’s online platform for members in which you can find sample papers, study tips and exam information. 

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Post Qualification Opportunities


Student membership of the CISI is available to all candidates who sign up to take a CISI exam. Once you book your exam, and complete your Student Registration Form, you will become a student member of the CISI. If you successfully complete the International Introduction to Investment (Africa) you will be eligible for Affiliate membership of the CISI. As an Affiliate member, you demonstrate a commitment to professionalism, integrity and excellence. It shows colleagues and clients that you want to develop your knowledge and progress in your career. 

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Higher Level Qualifications

The International Introduction to Investment is the first step in the CISI’s qualification pathways for Capital Markets, Operations, Compliance/Risk and Wealth Management. Choose your career pathway within your chosen sector.