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Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)™

Become a Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)™

Online Self-Paced


CFI’s Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)™ Certification Program covers the most critical knowledge and skills required to become a world-class capital markets analyst including equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities, and derivatives. This CMSA™ certification program is the bridge between where you are now and where you want to be – from a beginner to an experienced world-class financial analyst with the confidence, and skills to match.

Join 700,000+ students who work for companies like Amazon, J.P. Morgan, and Ferrari

World-Class Capital Markets Analyst Certification

The Capital Markets & Securities Analyst (CMSA)™ program will teach you the many asset classes, trading strategies, and procedures used in the capital markets. It is ideal for any student who wants to work in capital markets, whether on the buy-side or the sell-side. This program will give you the experience to make investment decisions and utilize appropriate trading strategies for different scenarios.

The CMSA™ includes 19 courses. The recommended CMSA™ program study time is 60-100 hours and the average completion time is 6 months.

Common Career Paths

  • Sales & Trading
  • Asset Management
  • Wealth Management
  • Treasury
  • Risk Management
  • Commercial Banking

What You'll Learn


19 courses, 50+ hours of video training, and Excel & document templates


100% online, at your own pace, on your own schedule, with lifetime access


Earn in-demand skills from instructors with 22+ years of experience training


Our mission is to make the world's best capital markets training accessible to everyone

Trusted by 700,000+ Students working at

The Ultimate Capital Markets Analyst Training System

The CMSA™ Program is designed to teach you all the skills you need to excel on the job as a capital markets & securities analyst. Learn the skills used by buy-side and sell-side analysts at top global financial institutions. 

By the end of the program, you will understand the various securities within each asset class, have much greater familiarity with Bloomberg, and be able to incorporate relevant trading strategies into your investment decisions.


Prep Courses (Optional)

Course Course Code Study Hours
Financial Math for Capital Markets CMSA 102 1-2
Economics for Capital Markets CMSA 103 3-4
Bloomberg Essentials CMSA 104 1-2

Core Courses (6 Required)

CourseCourse CodeStudy Hours
Introduction to Equity MarketsCMSA 2015-6
Fixed Income FundamentalsCMSA 2023-4
Introduction to Foreign ExchangeCMSA 2034-5
Introduction to CommoditiesCMSA 2043-4
Introduction to DerivativesCMSA 2062-3
Professional EthicsCFI 2652-4

Elective Courses (7 Required)

CourseCourse CodeStudy Hours
Trading Using Technical AnalysisCMSA 2054-6
Intermediate Options – Trading StrategiesCMSA 2114-6
Intermediate SwapsCMSA 2124-6
Intermediate Futures & ForwardsCMSA 2134-6
Intermediate Fixed IncomeCMSA 2146-8
High Yield Bonds, Subordinated Debt, and LoansCMSA 2214-5
Convertible BondsCMSA 2224-6
Short Duration ProductsCMSA 2234-6
Behavioral FinanceCMSA 2303-4
Introduction to Hedge FundsCMSA 2243-5

CMSA™ - A Capital Markets Analyst Certification Endorsed by the Global Corporate Finance Society

The GCFS board regularly reviews the CMSA™ program to ensure relevancy and industry standards are being met. By regularly examining the capital markets & securities analyst certification curriculum, the GCFS board is able to ensure CFI courses include the latest possible trends.

Testimonial Reviews

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Stephen Moerane

Today marks a very important milestone in my educational journey. I have been looking for a way to get into Finance but hadn't been able to identify a credential that would do the job without interrupting my work schedule.

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Brandon J. Casamassima

Big thank you to Tim Vipond for this incredible course. After much hard work, I now possess valuable financial modeling capabilities such as building discounted cash flow models, building dynamically linked 3-statement models, etc.

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Adam Thiébaut

Got it!! I've just finished to complete the 6 prep course courses, the 9 core courses and the 3 elective courses to get the Holy Grail certification. I am already hyped about the other certifications that #cfi might be launching.

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German Rivera Pereyra

After almost six months of courses, finally I have achieved the #FMVA ( Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst) Certificate from Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI) . I want to thank Tim Vipond, FMVA® Scott Powell and all people from CFI.

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Ihor Kukhar

Hey folks, After 6 months of studying, 19 courses, and over 900 lessons, I have finally completed Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI)’s Certification Program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that is looking to get a deeper insight into Valuation.

Frequently Asked Questions

CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, and by the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the US for CPE credits.

Reviews from students who have taken CFI courses and the CMSA™ certification program include numerous stories about how people have been able to advance their careers. There is a proven track record of CFI graduates marking successful transitions into the careers of their dreams and this is based largely on the resources that we make available to our students upon enrolment. Our training is designed to be fully practical and simulates the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst. Additionally, we offer a wealth of information through our free career resources. The unique blend of all these elements is what sets us apart from other e-learning platforms when it comes to giving you all the tools you need to create a successful career in finance.

All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to the advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection.

It takes an average of 4-6 months to complete the entire program. However, you are given the freedom to complete all of the training at your own pace! Please see the "What You'll Learn" section for recommended study hours for each course to give you a better idea for your time management.

You will have lifetime access to the courses and all future upgrades. You can review the video lessons as many times as you like and complete the courses at a pace that is most convenient for you.

Students are required to complete an online assessment (MCQ's, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams at your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need.

While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function which allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts in the area of study you are focusing on. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle.

Yes! You can download and edit the Excel models and templates included in your courses. All of the files needed in a course are available for download. Please note that while our study materials can be downloaded, the lecture videos are only available online due to copyright infringement issues.

You need to complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course to earn your course certificates. The certificate will then be available on your student dashboard and also emailed to you as soon as you have completed all of the requirements.

As soon as you complete the program! After completing the CMSA™ program requirements (6 core required courses and 7 electives) you can immediately request your digital CMSA™ certificate to be emailed to you by submitting your completed program through your student dashboard.

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