The Investments Bridging Course has been mapped to the International Actuarial Association's (IAA) Subject 8: Investment and Asset Analysis. While some of this content is covered by the Core Technical courses CT8 – Financial Economics or Part II - The Actuarial Control Cycle, most content is from Course 1 - Investments, which was discontinued from 2013.
The Investments Bridging Course is delivered online and consists of two units:
- Unit 1 - Investment Background
- Unit 2 - Asset Liability Management
Course materials, readings and interactive practice exercises will be available on the Institute's Learning Management System and there are three prescribed textbooks:
- Fitzherbert, R. (2004) Investment Principles for Actuaries, Actuaries Institute.
- Sherris, M. (1996) Money and Capital Markets (2nd Edition), Allen & Unwin
- Viney, C. (2003) Financial Institutions, Instruments and Markets (4th Edition), McGraw-Hill.
Investment Principles for Actuaries is available from the Institute Bookshop.
The Investments Bridging Course has no tutorials or discussion forums and participants are able to enrol at any time. See the Investments Bridging Course Syllabus for more information about the course content.
Students can enrol in the Investments Bridging Course at any time. Students can enrol online, or by completing an enrolment form. All enrolments are acknowledged by email. Students who do not receive confirmation of enrolment are advised to contact the Education Team.
The course fee is $130.
Members who have only completed Part II the Actuarial Control Cycle (i.e. have not also completed Part IIB - Investment and Assets Modelling) must take the Investments Bridging Course to become Associates, unless they completed all Part I and Part II study to the exemption standard before the end of 2009.
Members who completed Part II - The Actuarial Control Cycle only (i.e. have not also completed Part IIB - Investment and Assets Modelling) by 1 January 2010 must take the Investments Bridging Course if they do not take any Investments related options in their Part III studies (i.e. C1, C5A or CFA) to ensure that they have met the International Actuarial Association’s minimum investments standards when they become Fellows.
The assessment for the Investment Bridging Course is one online multiple-choice test. The test has a time limit of one hour and has 30 questions, covering a range of topics. Participants have three attempts to pass. If a participant fails three times, they must re-enrol before making another attempt.
Participants will need to find an actuary or Fellow to witness them login to attempt the test. Witnesses are required to submit the Investments Bridging Course Witness Form and will be provided with a password, which will need to be entered into the system to attempt the test.
Exam centres will not be provided for the assessment. Participants are able to sit the Investment Bridging Course assessment on any computer with internet access.