Canadian Investment Manager

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The Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®), previously Canadian Investment Manager, designation is a professional certification conferred by Canadian Securities Institute, a Canadian financial education company that provides courses, programs, certifications and designations for financial industry professionals.

About the designation[edit]

The CIM is a financial advice designation that delivers the appropriate knowledge requirements for designation holders to work with clients in a discretionary investment management capacity. It builds skills required to serve clients and it offers the credentials required to be licensed as a discretionary portfolio manager[1] in Canada. It provides program participants with the knowledge base to recommend and implement advanced investment strategies and evaluate portfolio performance for their clients.

Regulatory endorsements[edit]

The CIM designation is endorsed by both the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) to apply as a registered representative approved to carry out discretionary portfolio management (not including Futures),[2] and by the Canadian Securities Administrator (CSA) to apply for registration as a Portfolio Manager – Advising Representative and as a Portfolio Manager – Associate Advising Representative.

Education requirements[edit]

Program participants must complete education, examination, and at least 2 years of work experience requirements to receive authorization to use the designation.

To earn the CIM designation, students take one of two approaches:

  1. Canadian Securities Course
  2. Investment Management Techniques
  3. Portfolio Management Techniques

Achievement: CIM Designation


  1. Canadian Securities Course
  2. Wealth Management Essentials
  3. WME-Investment Management Supplement OR Advanced Investment Strategies
  4. Portfolio Management Techniques

Achievement: CIM Designation

The topics covered through these courses include:

Canadian Securities Course

Investment Management Techniques

  • Retail asset management
  • Selecting individual securities to evaluating performance
  • Explaining returns to clients

Portfolio Management Techniques

  • Preparation for Investment Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and CSA registration as a portfolio manager
  • Advanced portfolio management techniques suitable for high-net-worth clients and institutional investors
  • Regulatory, compliance, sales and operational requirements needed for creating and maintaining a portfolio management firm

Wealth Management Essentials

  • Give comprehensive, integrated investment advice to clients
  • Wealth management: financial planning and investment management

WME – Investment Management Supplement

  • In-depth investment management expertise
  • Specialized analysis and portfolio management

Advanced Investment Strategies

  • Wealth management for affluent clients

Industry roles[edit]

Financial industry professionals who hold the CIM designation and are registered with provincial securities commissions are also eligible for registration as:

  • Portfolio Manager
  • Advising Representative
  • Associate Advising Representative

Other relevant job titles held by CIM designation holders include:

  • Investment Advisor
  • Discretionary Portfolio Manager
  • Money Manager
  • Asset Manager


  1. ^ CARRICK, ROB (13 December 2010). "Financial advisers: A tale of two certificates" – via The Globe and Mail.
  2. ^ "Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) Designation - Canadian Securities Institute".

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