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Top 8 Long Term Courses in Finance in India

Finance is one of the most coveted streams by students and young professionals and there are many sought after courses which can help you to make the right cut in the industry.

We have shortlisted few long term courses in finance which are highly preferred by students and employers alike. This is an indicative list which has been formed by analyzing Google Trends, availability of jobs on leading portals and overall popularity amongst aspirants.

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Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Course)

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Course)

CFA Course
IMS Proschool is Approved Prep Provider of CFA Institute in India. We have trained more than 20,000 employees of various financial organizations. We offer Level I and II of the CFA® Program classroom training courses in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai & Kochi.
Globally-recognised professional certification program that provides a strong foundation for students and professionals for careers in Investment Banking, Equity Research, Capital Market, Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance, Portfolio Managers, Equity Research Analysts, Fund Managers, Wealth Managers, CFOs and Risk Consultants.
This is a highly sought after certification and is quite well known across the financial industry internationally. It is conducted by the CFA Institute, USA. A rigorous curriculum and gruesome study routine prepares candidates for challenging roles in the finance industry worldwide.

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA Course)

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA Course)

ACCA Course
ACCA is a globally-recognized accounting qualification that provides a strong foundation to students and professionals for careers in Accounting, Tax Consulting, Auditing, Business Valuation, Treasury Management etc.As a globally recognized education and updated/Industry relevant content, ACCA qualification is a great way to build a career in Accounts and finance. Students can pursue this along with their graduation. Its flexible examination scheme makes this qualification more attractive.
Why ACCA?
Globally Recognized in over 78 markets and has more than 80 international accountancy body partnerships.
Communicates Credibility since your proficiency is tested over 14 rigorous exams and is a great way to give an edge to your resume.
Well Designed Curriculum that is continuously updated to develop industry relevant knowledge, skills and professional values.
Long Term Career since ACCA trains you to perform strategic roles at senior management levels.
Total Cost, at 2 to 3 Lacs, works out cheaper than available options.

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Chartered institute of Management Accountants (CIMA Course)

CIMA Course
IMS Proschool is the official learning partner of CIMA India.
CIMA is worlds leading professional body of Management Accountants. Management Accountants analyze financial information from management perspective (as opposed to compliance perspective e.g. in audit etc) to improve business performance. In that sense it is business management function.
CIMA provides CGMA, which is jointly offered by CIMA and CPA (USA). The qualification is especially popular with European employers. As per CIMA, its student are working with 96% of FTSE top 100 companies.

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Chartered Accountancy

Chartered Accountancy offered by the ‘Institute of Chartered Accountants of India’ (ICAI), has always been a very sought after, as well as prestigious professional qualification. It is a rigorous course in the field of Accounting & Finance, which opens the doors to various career options in the financial domain. CAs are sought after by almost every business house for corporate finance, auditing, taxation, accounting, and legal counsel.

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MBA Finance from tier I institutes

If there is any career option that is most coveted after the Chartered Accountancy in India, it is the Masters in Finance or Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from tier I institutes. It is a career field which requires one to have skills in mathematics, economics, and financial theory, all of which are further polished for specialization in the field of finance.

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Certified Public Accountant

Just like the CA qualification in India, the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) is the highest professional qualification related to accounting in the U.S. One can move towards becoming a practicing CPA by taking the Uniform CPA exam conducted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Apart from the U.S., a CPA qualification is highly regarded and accepted globally, including India. With a CPA under your belt, not only can you practice Chartered Accountancy in the U.S., you can also be considered for roles involving international accounting policies in other countries.

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ICAI (CMA)

The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI), formerly the ICWAI (Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India) is the only institution of India which offers Cost Accountancy education in the country. ICWA course has now been renamed as CMA which now stands for Cost Management Accounting. This course is a blend of costing and management accounts, which is highly demanded in the finance sector today. This course comprises of three stages, i.e. CMA Foundation, CMA Intermediate and CMA Final.

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FRM

For a focussed career in risk management, FRM is the ultimate choice. Offered by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP, USA), Financial Risk Managers is a globally recognized professional certification for banking and finance professionals. FRM holders can explore many rewarding career options in Risk Management, Trading, Structuring, Modelling, etc. Positions such as Chief Risk Officer, Head of Operational Risk, Senior Risk Analyst, and Investment Risk Management are few of the designations that FRM holders can be placed at. This is a relatively exclusive certification in the area of Finance and Risk Management, hence it’s perceived to be a little difficult.