Investment Management Essentials 

Format: Certificate Program
Track: Investments 
Premier CE: 15.5 credits for CIMA®, CPWA®, and RMA® certifications
CFP CE: 15.5 credits (uploaded on your behalf)
Cost: $895, or discounted with Signature or Elite benefits

Gain foundational investment management knowledge and skills through the framework of a defensible, five-step investment consulting process:

  • Complete client discovery
  • Create an investment policy statement (IPS)
  • Construct portfolios
  • Conduct manager search, selection, and monitoring
  • Review and revise portfolios

Read the full description below.

$671.25 with Signature benefits
$537 with Elite benefits



Learners must watch the program in its entirety to earn continuing education (CE) credit. The following entities have accepted it for CE credit:

Investments & Wealth Institute® 

  • 15.5 hours of CE credit for CIMA®, CPWA®, and RMA® certifications
  • Audit-proof, Premier CE
  • Automatically uploaded to your certification record(s) upon completion (may take up to 24 hours to be reflected)

CFP Board

  • 15.5 hours of CE for CFP® certification 
  • Learners must view each video and pass each section quiz with a 70% or higher passing grade
  • Reported on your behalf to CFP Board within 2 weeks of completing the full program.
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One year from the date purchased.


Upon successful registration, learners will receive two emails: one including a transactional receipt and a second including navigation instructions for accessing the content. Access instructions are also included below:

  1. Log in to the Investments & Wealth Institute website, and click "Dashboard" in the upper right corner.
  2. From the Dashboard, click the "My Online Learning Center" link in the left navigation.
  3. Once re-directed to the Online Learning Center platform, your content is located under the heading My Courses on the main page. Alternatively, you can find it in the My Learning tab across the top navigation.

Please monitor your inbox and spam folders for these communications or contact the education department at for assistance.

Investment Management Essentials 

Created by expert practitioners, this 15.5-hour self-paced course puts you in the shoes of an investment management professional working with individual or institutional clients. It provides an actionable, defensible framework for the investment consulting process, but it is suitable for any finance professional looking to have easier, more productive conversations with colleagues, prospects, and clients in the investment workplace.

The course combines text, infographics, research, videos, articles, and interactive learning activities. Content is divided into seven modules, or sections. After each module, learners will take a quiz. Scoring a 70% or higher on each module quiz is required to officially complete the course.

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to: 

  1. Conduct effective client consultations to create a client profile, including investment goals, risk preferences, investor type, and behavioral biases.
  2. Describe the fundamental components of an investment policy statement and its importance in governing the client relationship.
  3. Compare and contrast various methods of client portfolio construction, including the tradeoffs between common investment vehicles, asset allocation options, and risk management techniques.
  4. Outline best practices of effective due diligence in the search and selection of investment managers for clients.
  5. Develop investment management skills for reviewing a portfolio and presenting recommendations for continued or revised portfolio strategy based on client profile, investment policy, and market conditions.

Please note that this is a course. Successful completion of this course does not result in a professional designation or credential. However, it could be used as a primer to pursue advanced designations, such as the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®), in the future.




But wait...there's more!

Beyond the course objectives, there is so much more to this course such as:

  • Approaches for individual and institutional investors

  • Lessons for improved communications and quality interactions with peers, prospects, and clients

  • Job aids that you can download and modify for your own use

  • Mathematically-oriented material to understand underpinnings of broad subjects like risk, return, diversification, etc. 

  • Foundational investment management knowledge and skills in preparation of pursuing a career as a consultant or advisor and advanced competency or certification

  • Investment industry conversations and readings to link foundational knowledge to current practitioner implementation

Intended Audience 

Though you may or may not ultimately fill the role of investment consultant, you can have easier conversations with financial industry peers, prospects, and clients by elevating your investment knowledge beyond the basics.

Possible Participants:
  • Professionals who have newly entered the investment consulting profession or transitioned from an unrelated field
  • Junior-level advisors
  • Advisors planning to use this course as a step toward the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification program, or other advanced designation, to enhance your future career opportunities
  • Advanced practitioners who want to reexamine the fundamentals to reinvigorate their practice

Course Contributors

This course was created by practitioners, for practitioners. It reflects the Institute’s commitment to blending academic theory with practical application to deliver an exceptional education experience.

The course heavily features expertise and recorded lectures by:
Devin Ekberg, CIMA®, CPWA®, CFA®, former Chief Learning Officer of Investments & Wealth Institute
John Nersesian, CIMA®, CPWA®, Head of Advisor Education, PIMCO
Scott Thayer, CIMA®, practitioner faculty for the Certified Investment Management Analyst certification program at Yale University and The University of Chicago
Additional industry insights are offered throughout by:

  • Dan Ariely, Ph.D., Duke University

  • Julie Littlechild, Founder, Absolute Engagement

  • Meir Statman, Ph.D., Visiting Professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands

  • Carl Richards, CFP®, author of Behavior Gap, and creator of Sketch Guy appearing in The New York Times

  • Tony Davidow, CIMA®, Founder and President, T. Davidow Consulting

  • April Rudin, Founder and President, The Rudin Group

  • Omar Aguilar, Ph.D., Chief Investment Officer of Passive Equities and Multi-Asset Strategies, Charles Schwab

  • Asher Cheses, Senior Analyst, Cerulli Associates

  • John E. Grable, Ph.D., CFP®, Athletic Association Endowed Professorship at the University of Georgia, founding editor for the Journal of Personal Finance, founding co-editor of the Journal of Financial Therapy

  • Athena Ole, CAIA, Head of Private Funds, Nasdaq Private Market

  • Keith Black, Ph.D., CFA®, CAIA, FDP, Managing Director of Content Strategy, CAIA Association

  • Chris Wilson, CFA®, Senior Client Portfolio Manager, Voya Investment Management

Group Sales

Registration discounts are available for large groups, and customization such as a firm logo and welcome message can be applied. For information on group pricing, please contact our sales team:

Lara Davies | U.S., East and South
Phone: 303-850-3081

Kelly Gormley | U.S., West and Mid-West 
Phone: 303-619-2977

Asif Nasim | Outside Continental U.S.
Phone: 416-455-6569