International Finance and Administration Qualifications


An IFA qualification provides broad skills and knowledge with core modules that introduce the offshore finance environment, including products and services, regulation and how trusts and companies are managed. There is also the opportunity to study optional specialist modules in key areas such as financial reporting and governance, fund administration, accounting and trust administration.

The IFA suite of qualifications is set at two different levels – Level 4 and Level 5. Level 4 is set at the level of a first year undergraduate degree, and Level 5 is set at second year undergraduate level. 

The modular structure of our IFA qualifications will help you choose the level that is right for you.


IFA Level 4 qualification is ideal if you:

  • Do not have any finance qualifications;
  • Are looking to change career; or
  • Have some industry experience but no recognised qualification 

Read more about the Level 4 IFA Qualifications here


IFA Level 5 qualification is ideal if you:

Are in a supervisory or junior management role and:

  • Hold an ICSA Level 4 Certificate in International Finance and Administration;
  • Hold a Certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration (COFA) qualification;
  • Have a relevant university degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) from a recognised institution
  • Hold a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma in International Trust Management

Read more about the Level 5 IFA Qualifications here.


Studying for the International Finance and Administration (IFA) qualifications

The following study options are available to those studying the International Finance and Administration (IFA) qualifications:

  1. Purchase tuition from ICSA's preferred tuition provider, BBP Professional Education. BBP Professional Education offers different tuition options to suit your situation and your budget, including distance learning, face-to-face classes and blended learning. 
  2. Self study. You can make your own way through the programme using your study text, without purchasing any tuition or study support.

Infocredit Professional Education (IPE) is the strategic partner of ICSA for Cyprus and also has an agreement with BPP Professional Education regarding the tuition and supply of study material for the ICSA qualifications. IPE undertakes the supply of registration forms as well as all relevant information about BPP Professional Education courses.

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