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Any specialist who seeks to have a high-paying job in the financial sector will sooner or later think about obtaining one of the international certificates (ACCA, CFA, CIMA, CIA, CPA, FRM, CMA).
2021-11-18, by Frank Flegg, Director at BNI East Midlands

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Any specialist who seeks to have a high-paying job in the financial sector will sooner or later think about obtaining one of the international certificates (ACCA, CFA, CIMA, CIA, CPA, FRM, CMA).

The current stage of development of the international financial community puts forward the problem of risk management among the highest priorities. Moreover, it can be argued, not without reason, that in the ever-growing and interdependent world of financial markets and products, only those organizations that can control their risks and effectively manage them have a chance of success. Risk management is essential for treasury staff, portfolio managers, and risk control and management professionals. Today, special attention is paid to the task of managing consolidated financial risk, which is explained by a number of serious changes that have occurred in the world financial markets over the past five to ten years.

In this regard, the task of training specialists who are able to take into account, when making decisions, the risks arising in all areas of a company or a financial institution, becomes urgent. The FRM (Financial Risk Manager) certificate is the only international standard that confirms the qualifications of specialists in financial risk management. The certificate confirms the ability to use an analytical apparatus, knowledge of financial instruments, market dynamics models, risk assessment methods and methods of risk management, and the requirements of market regulators.

If we consider trading, then training is useful for those who work in prof. participants, because there, a whole department is involved in risk control and significant attention is paid to it. And in general, we always work with risk, so the ability to see it and adequately assess it is just vital!)

Having one of these qualifications is not always a guarantee of getting a “dream job,” but it can definitely make a job seeker's resume stand out among others.

FRM - Financial Risk Manager

One of such important certificates in the financial world is FRM - Financial Risk Manager.

This certificate is the only international standard that confirms the qualifications of specialists in financial risk management. Here is a good textbook to prepare yourself for exam:

For an employer, having an applicant with the FRM title means that this candidate possesses an analytical apparatus, knows how to use financial instruments, models and methods for assessing risks, knows how to manage them, and also understands the requirements of market regulators.

The qualification is awarded by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), which administers title examinations around the world.

In order to be eligible to put the title "FRM" after his name, the candidate must successfully pass 2 exams (1st and 2nd levels) and have at least two years of practical work experience in the field of financial risk management or other related field ( securities trading, portfolio management, audit, risk consulting and / or risk technologies, etc.).

There are no other specific requirements (for example, the candidate has a higher economic education). However, it should be noted that the level of mathematical complexity of the exam corresponds to the last courses of the undergraduate or introductory master's degree in finance.

FRM exams are held twice a year, usually in May and November. However, sometimes there may be exceptions (for example, during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the May exam was postponed to October).

The exam is conducted in English and consists of two sessions (with an hour break in between). Both parts (1st and 2nd level) of FRM are conducted in writing. In each part, 4 hours are allocated for answers. The examinee is presented with multiple choice questions.

FRM Part I

The Level 1 exam consists of 100 questions that address quantitative analysis, fundamental concepts of risk management, financial markets and products, and assessment and risk models.


The second level exam consists of 80 items, which go in more depth on the management of each type of risk.

On the same day, you can take both levels at once, which makes it possible to complete the entire program in six months and is a great advantage in comparison with many other international certifications. So, for example, it will take at least 3 years to get the CFA title (since you will need to successfully pass 3 levels).

However, if you hand over both parts of FRM on the same day and do not hand over the second part, but hand over the first one, then the first one will be credited to you, and the second one will not be counted. But if you fail the first, and pass the second, then both parts will not be counted to you.

Therefore, while it is possible to take both parts of the exam on the same day, you must have a passing grade for Part 1 of the exam before GARP grades Part 2 of the exam. Therefore, most candidates choose separate dates for P I and P II.

After a candidate passes the P I of the FRM exam, they must pass the P II of the FRM exam within 4 years.

Once a candidate has passed the FRM Part II exam, they have 5 years to validate relevant work experience. This is done in writing in the candidate's account on the GARP website: you need to make at least 4-5 sentences describing your professional role in financial risk management. The presented work experience cannot be more than 10 years prior to passing the FRM P II exam. In this case, the experience gained while studying at school or university will not be taken into account, including internships.

For reference: the share of those who successfully passed the test in November 2019 was 45.9% for FRM PI and 58.6% for FRM PII. According to surveys, it will take an average of 240 hours of study to prepare well for the FRM exam, although some individuals may require as little as 100 hours (less than 10% of the total).

After registering for the exam, GARP also provides study materials (electronically) and practice tests, as well as an 18-week curriculum.

Thus, to obtain the FRM title, you will need to spend at least 5-6 months and about $1175. However, these cash costs can be recouped from the first salary, since for vacancies where the FRM title is indicated among the advantages, the average salary is about $3000.

Basically, these are vacancies in banks or investment funds, as well as large (mainly international) corporations, in the structure of which there are positions of treasurer or risk manager.

Examples of such vacancies: Methodologist (Treasury), Risk manager, Risk analyst, Head of the risk management department, Expert in monitoring market risks, Project manager for business modeling (quality control of drawing up models of investment projects of companies), Financial analyst, Specialist of the Treasury.

In general, we can say that the FRM certificate is less widespread than, for example, CFA, but it provides more advantages in such a narrow area as risk management, which has become increasingly in demand in recent times of crisis.

Frank Flegg

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