IMCA Introduces Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business as a Registered Education Provider for CIMA® Certification

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Investment Management Consultants Association® (IMCA®) today announced that the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University is now a registered education provider for the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification program. The Tepper School is the latest top-tier business school to deliver education for one of IMCA’s credentials, and classes for the program at Carnegie Mellon will begin in the spring of 2014.

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Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is a welcome addition to the CIMA certification program, because it offers investment advisors another outstanding institution for advancing their professional education.

Investment Management Consultants Association® (IMCA®) today announced that the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University is now a registered education provider for the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification program. The Tepper School is the latest top-tier business school to deliver education for one of IMCA’s credentials, and classes for the program at Carnegie Mellon will begin in the spring of 2014.

“Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is a welcome addition to the CIMA certification program, because it offers investment advisors another outstanding institution for advancing their professional education,” said Sean R. Walters, CAE, IMCA’s executive director and CEO. “We believe that the strong, analytic focus of the school’s graduate and executive education programs and the outstanding intellectual capital that they bring to the table will provide an excellent educational opportunity for CIMA certification candidates.”

With IMCA membership surpassing 9,000 this year, the Tepper School of Business will help meet increased demand for CIMA certification. The number of CIMA professionals has grown to 6,600, which is up approximately 4 percent over 2012, and 33 percent since 2007.

“Considering our school’s experience in financial research, executive education and coursework in asset and wealth management, this program is an excellent fit,” said Burton Hollifield, the PNC Professor of Finance and professor of financial economics at the Tepper School of Business, who is also faculty advisor for the school’s CIMA education curriculum. “IMCA is an outstanding organization and we share their commitment toward continuing education.”

CIMA certification earned accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in April 2011, and is currently the only financial services credential in the United States to meet international standards (ISO 17024) for personnel certification.

Universities wishing to provide education for CIMA certification candidates must outline how they will address IMCA’s curriculum and instructor and classroom hour requirements in a formal application. They also must document AACSB accreditation and be ranked among the top 25 business schools in the United States.

The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business has been a registered education provider for CIMA certification since 2012, and began offering classes for IMCA’s CPWA® certification in 2008. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is also a registered education provider for CIMA certification, and has offered education for CIMA certification since the program’s inception in 1988.

All three business schools are ranked in the top 20, according to rankings by Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report.

Visit http://www.IMCA.org and http://www.tepper.cmu.edu/cima for more information.

About IMCA
Established in 1985, IMCA is a nonprofit professional association and credentialing organization with more than 9,000 individual members. IMCA members collectively manage more than $1.9 trillion, providing investment consulting and wealth management services to individual and institutional clients. Since 1988, IMCA has offered the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification, which earned accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in April 2011, making it the first financial services credential in the United States to meet international standards (ISO 17024) for personnel certification. IMCA’s Certified Private Wealth Advisor® (CPWA®) certification is suited for wealth management professionals working with high-net-worth clients. In 2012, IMCA conferences and workshops hosted approximately 4,000 attendees.

IMCA® and Investment Management Consultants Association® are registered trademarks of Investment Management Consultants Association Inc. CIMA®, Certified Investment Management Analyst®, CIMC®, CPWA®, and Certified Private Wealth Advisor® are registered certification marks of Investment Management Consultants Association Inc. Investment Management Consultants Association Inc. does not discriminate in educational opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About the Tepper School of Business
Founded in 1949, the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University (http://www.tepper.cmu.edu) is a pioneer in the field of management science and analytical-decision making. The school’s notable contributions to the intellectual community include nine Nobel laureates. The school is among those institutions with the highest rate of academic citations in the fields of finance, operations research, organizational behavior and production/operations. The academic offerings of the Tepper School include undergraduate studies in business and economics, graduate studies in business administration and financial engineering, and doctoral studies.

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