Investment Representative Programme (Based on Series 7)

Programme Details

Name:          The Investment Representative Programme (Based on Series 7)
Duration:       Part 1: 5 days (30 hours) - Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
                      Part 2: 5 days (30 hours) - Sunday to Thursday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Assessment:  Two examinations of 3 hours duration for each part, consisting of 125 multiple choice questions.

  • Stock Brokers and Dealers
  • Investment products Marketing and Sales Professionals
  • Treasury and Back office professionals
  • Compliance and Control professionals
  • Supervisory and Investment staff
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Accounting professionals
  • Establishes knowledge base for investment representatives to offer prospective customers investment advice
  • Explains the structure, functions and participants of various securities markets
  • Provides comprehensive treatment of various financial markets and products (Government bonds, Corporate bonds, Stocks, Options, etc.)
  • Describes the structure of securities laws
  • Describes the nature of investment banking and investment banking arrangements
  • Provides investment representatives with the knowledge base to assess return and risk on investments and make appropriate recommendations to manage risk
  • Provides a comprehensive treatment of speculative and risk management strategies using options
  • Describes financial valuation and ratio analysis
  • Provides treatment of fundamental and technical analysis

Candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree in Banking & Finance, Accounting, or a Business related field from a recognised university, and preferably have knowledge equivalent to the Foundations of Investment Analysis course conducted at BIBF

BD 1,500/-

This includes:

• BIBF training & mentoring sessions
• BIBF handouts
• Practice quizzes
• Part 1 and Part 2 exam fees
• Programme text book

Syllabus in Brief

  • The Financial Crisis: Causes and Long Run Effects; Impact on Securities Market; Fundamentals of Debt Markets; Corporate Bonds
  • U.S. Government & Money Market Securities; Muni Securities; Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) Market; U.S. Housing Market & the Subprime Crisis; Upheaval in the MBS Market
  • Equity Securities; Packaged Products; SEC Act of 1933 & Underwriting Securities
  • Bahrain Stock Exchange; GCC Markets
  • Basic Option Positions; Option Markets & Option Accounts; Secondary Markets (NYSE)
  • Other Option Positions (Option Strategies); Over-The-Counter (OTC) Market
  • Non-Equity Options (Foreign Currency Options & Interest Rate Options); Economics & Securities Analysis; Monetary Policy & Financial Crises


The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) is a public corporate entity established by the Central Bank of Bahrain and Financial Institutions Law 2006. It was created on 6th September 2006. The CBB is responsible for maintaining monetary and financial stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is also the single integrated regulator of Bahrain›s financial industry.

The Investment Representative Programme (Based on Series 7) designation, certified and made mandatory by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and offered by BIBF, mirrors the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Series 7 certification required by professionals trading investment products in the United States. The CBB requires that all professionals involved in the trading of investment products in Bahrain be certified as Investment Representatives.

Series 7 provides comprehensive treatment of a broad range of products including equity securities, corporate debt securities, government bonds, municipal bonds, options and mutual funds. The programme also provides a comprehensive treatment of investment banking, securities laws and regulations, trading procedures, margin and customer accounts with a specific emphasis on Bahrain and the structure of GCC markets.

Candidates seeking the designation of an Investment Representative must pass a two part examination to achieve the certification.

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