The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) is a global professional body for those who work in the financial and investment industry. It aims to set standards of conduct and ethics for participants in the securities and investments industry, and to provide qualifications for such professionals.
The CISI was formed in 1992 as the Securities Institute by the members of the London Stock Exchange. It changed its name to the Securities and Investment Institute in November 2004. It became the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment when it was granted a Royal Charter in October 2009.
It is headquartered in London and has offices in Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Dubai and Dublin.
The Institute offers qualifications, training and industry membership. As the main examining body for the industry, the Institute provides vocational qualifications. Over 40,000 CISI qualifications are taken every year in over 70 countries at Computer Based Test (CBT) centres worldwide.
CISI also offers a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme to members of all levels of seniority, geographical location and industry specialisation. CISI produces publications and workbooks, runs conferences and seminars and in-house training courses.
The Institute is a registered charity and has the following charitable objects:
“To promote, for the public benefit, the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the field of securities and investments to develop high ethical standards for practitioners in securities and investments and to promote such standards in the UK and overseas to act as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation and research in matters of education or public interest concerning investment in securities.”
The CISI has five “grades” of membership: Affiliate, Student, Associate (ACSI), Member (MCSI), and Fellow (FCSI).