The HKSI Institute Professional Diploma in Financial Markets (PDFM) aims to set a standard of competency across the securities and investment industry and to examine whether individuals have acquired the knowledge of principles and practises that apply to their job functions.Entry Requirement
1. Prior relevant knowledge in finance OR academic proficiency.
A. The HKSI Institute regards the following as an indication of possessing prior relevant knowledge in
i. The attainment of any ONE of the HKSI Institute Practising or Specialist Certificates awarded
for passing different combinations of papers of the Licensing Examination for Securities and
Futures Intermediaries (LE); or
ii. The attainment of the HKSI Institute Foundation Programme Examination (FPE) Certificate or
the HKSI Institute Financial Market Principal Programme Examination (PPE) Certificate2 ; or
iii. The attainment of the HKSI Institute Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning and Advising;
iv. The completion of the Securities Broker’s Examination (SBE); or the Broker’s Representative
Examination (BRE); or the Options Officer and Representative Examination (OORE); or the
Options Clearing Officer Examination (OCOE); or the Futures and Options Exchange Participant
Examination (FOE); or
v. The holding of a finance related professional qualification3 ; or
vi. The holding of a certificate/diploma in finance/investment/accounting from a recognised
tertiary institution; or
vii. The completion of a degree4 (or an associate degree) with a specialisation/major/minor study
in a discipline such as accounting, banking, business, economics, finance or investment
viii. Other qualifications equivalent to the above, subject to the approval of the HKSI Institute.
B. Academic proficiency is typically demonstrated through the completion of any bachelor degree (or
2. Experienced finance practitioners with over 2 years of relevant experience5 may also register for the
PDFM, subject to the approval of the HKSI Institute.
3. All HKSI Institute Associate Members, Ordinary Members, Fellows, Senior Fellows and Honorary Fellows
are deemed to possess prior relevant knowledge in finance and can register for the PDFM.
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Hong Kong Securities and Investment InstituteProgramme type
Professional DiplomaAcademic structure
Part timeDuration of study
5 Years year(s)Application fee