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Associate Level

Higher Certificate Level 6 in International Financial Services
IFS Associate Level Apprenticeship
As this is an Apprenticeship programme, participation on the programme is contingent upon the apprentice being offered an Apprenticeship role with an employer participating in the Apprenticeship scheme.
Course content


What is an apprenticeship?
A programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre. It is a dual system, a blended combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training.

About the course
This programme seeks to provide the appropriate education and training to allow successful graduates be registered with SOLAS as an IFS Associate Professional. What this means is that through a combination of off-the-job and on-the-job learning, apprentices will develop skills that are key to working in International Financial Services. These skills include areas of regulation and compliance, products and services, client communications and relationships, systems and processes, etc., within the context of International Financial Services.

Course structure
This programme is structured over two academic calendar years. Off-the-job modules run over two 14 week semesters per academic year, while On-the-job modules are structured to run over the length each academic year. Assessment of off-the-job modules comprises a combination of continuous assessment and exams. On-the-job assessment is via an ongoing electronic portfolio of work-based evidence that is submitted in year 1 and in year 2.

Who is the course for?
The Higher Certificate in International Financial Services is aimed at those who are looking to start their career in International Financial Services

Minimum entry requirements
Minimum entry requirements are a grade H7/O6 or above in five leaving certificate (or equivalent) subjects. A minimum of grade O6 must be obtained in English. A minimum of grade O6 or a B2 or above in Foundation level must be obtained in Mathematics. Holders of a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Business (or equivalent) or QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business (or equivalent) can apply for entry onto the programme. Non-standard applications will be also considered on an individual basis.


AIB is one of the big four commercial banks in Ireland. This financial services group operating primarily in Ireland and the UK provides a broad range of services across personal, business and corporate customers. It also has a division called AIB Capital Markets offering international banking and treasury operation.


Allianz is as a European financial services company with over 100 years’ experience specialising in insurance and asset management it has grown significantly to become the world’s largest insurance company. Allianz is the 34th largest company in the world and has over 85 million customers in 70 different countries.


Aon is a global professional services firm with a broad perspective of expertise. Aon is broken into risk solutions, global risk consulting, centres of innovation and analytics, employee benefits and Aon Hewitt. This large organisation has approximately 500 offices worldwide, serving120 countries.

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Ireland is a diversified financial services group dealing with a large variety of services such as international asset financing, interest and exchange hedging and term loans and mortgages. The Dublin 4, based bank, is considered one of Ireland’s big four banks with approximately 265 branches in Ireland.


Citi is an American multinational investment banking and financial services corporation ranked as one of the big four banks in the united states. Citi offer financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services and wealth management.


Fenergo is an Irish owned and based provider of client lifestyle management software for investment banks, capital market firms and private banks including HSBC, BNY Mellon and the Bank of Montreal. With significant funding continuing to be secured Fenergo is becoming the industry standard for Client Lifecycle Management solution

Fidelity International

Fidelity International is a financial services company who offer investment solutions and retirement expertise to institutions. This international organisation has become one of the leading fund management companies in the world.

State Street

State Street is an American worldwide financial services company divided into Global Advisors, Global Markets and Global Services with offices in Dublin, Drogheda, Kilkenny and Naas. This fortune 500 company is one of the largest asset management companies in the world and is responsible for 10% of the worlds assets

BNY Mellon

The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, which does business as BNY Mellon, is an American worldwide banking and financial services holding company headquartered in New York City. It was formed on July 1, 2007, as a result of the merger of The Bank of New York and Mellon Financial Corporation.

Ulster Bank

Ulsterbank is a large retail and commercial bank with 180 years’ experience in the banking industry offering a range of banking and insurance services to personal, business and commercial customers. Ulsterbank is headquartered on Georges Quay and has 146 branches in the Republic of Ireland and 90 in Northern Ireland..


Mediolanum Asset Management Limited (MAML) is the Irish asset management company of the Mediolanum Banking Group. 
MAML has an innovative approach to investment management based on the application of a proprietary investment process (Medł®), which allows the development of portfolio management solutions tailored to meet clients’ needs; investment advice and related investment management services.
The main objective of MAML research and development activities is the continual incremental refinement of this process (MedLab®) to maintain and improve the effectiveness of our investment process, products and service delivery.