Asia Financial Markets Foundation Certificate (AFMFC)

The Asia Financial Markets Foundation Certificate (AFMFC) course aims to provide the essential foundational knowledge required to become a successful professional in the Asian financial markets.

With input from financial services L&D leaders across APAC, ASIFMA has designed an introductory-level course providing an overview of all facets of the major Asian financial markets.

It is ideal training for early career staff of Asian financial market firms or for professionals looking to broaden their knowledge or transition into Asia financial markets.

This flexible course is low on cognitive load and allows participants to learn at their own pace (no off-desk time) within a minimum 13-week schedule. (maximum 6 months)

The Certificate is awarded upon passing a Final Exam.

Course information

Who is it for?

ASIFMA has designed this course with one primary goal: To assist our member firms in Asia with their training needs.

This introductory-level course provides an overview of all facets of major Asian financial markets, and is suitable for:

  • Early career staff in Asian financial market firms as an internal training program or complimentary training
  • Professionals looking to broaden their knowledge of businesses they closely work with
  • Graduates or career changers looking to enhance their career prospects by achieving a Certificate that recognises learning

For additional details of this course, please refer the following in the Documents section of the Course Details:

  • Course Factsheet
  • Cohort date schedule
  • Week-wise detailed syllabus
  • Bulk Registration Information
  • Terms and Conditions

Course Details

Graduate degree recommended
13-weeks (see Cohort date schedule) (maximum expiry 6 months)
Weekly lessons plus Certificate Exam
Online learning and Exam via ASIFMA’s Learning Management System (LMS) + Zoom sessions
Enrollment fees
USD 1,125 Regular Fee
USD 900 ASIFMA members
USD 810 Member (Bulk)
(For bulk discount rates,
see Bulk Registration Information below).


24/7 access on ASIFMA's Learning Management System (LMS) so you can learn at your own pace around the schedule

Training sessions from current market practitioners with years of experience in the industry

Certificate on completion of exam


What Will You Learn?


How will you learn?

Our structured blended learning format is efficient, flexible and effective. It is low on cognitive load and can be completed entirely at your desk.


  • Learn in line with a 13-week period schedule starting in either March, June, September, or December
  • Time flexibility with a maximum expiry of 6 months.

Efficient and Flexible

Each week contains:

  • A "Pre-test" to assess your prior knowledge and help you decide where to focus your learning for the week. Only learn what you don't already know
  • Multiple 15-minute (approx.) "bite-size" lessons consisting of learning videos, knowledge checks and optional application tests. Dip in and out when you want
  • A post-week survey for feedback

Learn when you want to.


  • Supported by 3 Zoom sessions with senior market practitioners
  • Final Exam acts to prove knowledge and earn the Certificate


CPT/CPD Accreditation and Certification

  • ASIFMA is an Approved Recognized Institution for Providing Continuous Professional Training (“CPT”) by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC). SFC CPT hours will be available for those located in Hong Kong for completion of weekly online lessons and Zoom session attendance.
  • Completion of weekly online lessons and Zoom session attendance counts as CPD activity for holders of HKMA Enhanced Competency Framework certifications with relevant job roles
  • ASIFMA will also be seeking CPT accreditation in other jurisdictions

In addition, by successfully completing the Exam at the end of the course, you will be awarded the ASIFMA Asia Financial Markets Foundation Certificate (AFMFC).

Online Training provider

Our Online Training Provider Partner

Alpha Development

ASIFMA is pleased to be partnering with Alpha Development, our online training provider partner for this course. Operating out of 4 global hubs in London, New York, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, Alpha was founded by experienced banking professionals with the aim of creating effective training solutions that accelerate the growth of early careers talent and generate high-performing teams and success in the financial markets.

“The purpose of the AFMFC is to provide an introductory overview of Asian financial markets to a wide range of participants, from career entrants to more seasoned professionals moving into finance or relocating to Asia. This wide population requires a flexible approach, while maintaining the integrity of learning and assessment. We were pleased to choose Alpha as our partners, for their creative approach to these challenges, and to help bring our certificate to their tier 1 client base across Asia.”