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  ICVS Advanced Course in Financial Instruments

ICVS -A:

The International Association of Certified Valuation Specialists, in conjunction with the Center for International Business Valuation, has added an advanced level to the ICVS credential; valuators can now earn the ICVS with Advanced Studies in Financial Instruments (ICVS - A).

The Credential:

The body of knowledge for the ICVS -A was developed  by Dr. Joel M. Dicicco, CPA, BCA, ICVS, ICVS - A, a full-time member of the Executive Business and Department of Accounting faculty at Florida Atlantic University's College of Business and a former Territory Manager for the Financial Products Division of the IRS. This advanced credential in the fair value of financial instruments can be earned along with the initial ICVS or can be added to enhance a current ICVS credential. The ICVS - A designation requires an understanding of valuation techniques for various financial instruments. ranging from basic securities to complex derivative constructs.

The Credentialing Exam:

Upon completion of the training program, students can participate in the ICVS - A credentialing exam, which is comprised of a case study and valuation products. The ICVS - A designation requires an understanding of valuation techniques for various financial instruments, ranging from basic securities to complex derivative constructs. The test covers fair value accounting under both US GAAP and IFRS, the valuation of financial instruments (including derivative products), and the use of Python programming language (the language of choice for valuing financial derivatives).

The exam is separate from the training, and can be purchased from and is administered by IACVS.

If you're interested in getting the ICVS - A credential, please contact info1@iacvs.org.

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