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Data Protection Notice

About this data protection notice

This is a statement of the practices of The Institute of Bankers in Ireland, 1 North Wall Quay, North Dock, Dublin 1 (trading as IOB) (‘the Institute’, ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’) in connection with the capture of personal data on this webform and the steps taken by the Institute to respect your privacy.

The Institute is a Data Controller and is committed to protecting your rights and any personal information which you provide to the Institute will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with Irish and European Data Protection legislation.

The privacy notice explains the following:
  • What information do we collect about you?
  • The purpose for collecting your personal data
  • The legal bases for collecting your personal data
  • Are you required to provide the information?
  • How we store and secure personal data?
  • Details of third parties with whom we share personal data
  • What are your rights?
What information do we collect about you?

The data we collect from you will be used by the Institute only in accordance with the purposes outlined in this privacy notice. We will collect your data via webform on

The data collected in this webform will be shared with the following areas of the Institute:

  • Programme Management Department
  • Marketing Department
  • Lifelong Learning Department
The purpose for collecting your data

The data we collect about you will be used for:

  • providing information on the programme(s) for which you have completed an expression of interest webform;
  • notifying you of promotional events related to this designation(s) or programme(s) e.g. Programme Taster Lectures, IOB Open Evening; and
  • advising you of upcoming application and registration closing dates for this designation(s) or programme(s)
The legal basis for collecting your data

For the purposes outlined in this privacy notice your personal data will be processed on the basis of Explicit Consent.

By submitting this webform, you confirm that you are providing your informed consent to the processing of your data as outlined here.

Are you required to provide the information?

We require you to complete the mandatory fields identified in this webform for the purposes outlined above. If you do not provide us with the information required in these fields, we may be unable to process this Expression of Interest form.

How we store and secure your data

Any data we collect from you will be stored confidentially and securely. The Institute is committed to ensuring all accesses to, uses of, and processing of Institute data is performed in a secure manner.

In keeping with the data protection principles, we will only store your data for as long as is necessary to provide our services to you and for such a period of time after this as is necessary to comply with our obligations under applicable law and, if relevant, to deal with any claim or dispute that may arise in connection with our relationship with you.

For the purposes described here we will store your data for one calendar year from the date you submit the webform. Before the end of this calendar year, we may contact you to ask if you wish to re-confirm your consent to the storing and processing of your data for the purposes outlined above.

When we store your personal data on our systems the data will be stored on the Institute’s secure I.T. platforms within the EEA which are also subject to European data protection requirements.

Details of third parties with whom we share personal data

The Institute will share your data with third parties where necessary for purposes of the processing outlined here.

We will share your information with our service providers (e.g. printers, I.T. support, auditors, legal advisors, and other professional advisors).

We may also disclose your information where required by law to do so.

Your information will not be shared with any other third parties.

When we share your data with the third parties outlined here the Institute will ensure that the data is only processed according to our specific instructions and that the same standards of confidentiality and security are maintained. Once the processing of the data is complete any third parties with whom data was shared will be required to return the data to the Institute save where they are required to retain it by law.

What are your rights?

You have the following rights, in certain circumstances and subject to applicable exemptions:

  • You are entitled to ask for a copy of the personal data, which IOB holds about you.
  • The right to have any inaccuracies in your personal data amended.
  • The right to object to the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to have the personal data that we hold about you erased.
  • The right to restrict the processing of your personal data.
  • The right to receive your personal data, which you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to require us to transmit that data to another controller.
  • You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

If you have any queries relating to the processing of your personal data for the purposes outlined above or you wish to make a request in relation to your rights, you can contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed, you may in the first instance contact the Institute’s Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

IOB has a Data Protection Officer who can be contacted through [email protected] or by writing to:

The Data Protection Officer, IOB, IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.

If you remain dissatisfied then you have the right to apply directly to the Data Protection Commission for a decision. The Data Protection Commission can be contacted at:

Data Protection Commission
Canal House
Station Road
R32 AP23 Co. Laois

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Professional Certificate

International Investment Fund Services

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  • Duration
  • 2 trimesters
  • Programme
  • 3 Modules
  • Study
  • Online
  • Fees
  • €1,890
  • Level
  • NFQ 7, 15 ECTS
  • At a glance

    The Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services is a unique and specific programme, designed to support the international investment funds industry.

    Awarding Body

    University College Dublin

    The programme will be of particular interest and relevance to those working in, and those seeking to work in the investment funds industry and to newly practising professionals working in the asset management and investment funds area of the legal and auditing advisory firms.

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    This programme leads to the Accredited Funds Professional designation.

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    Reflecting industry practise and developments

    The Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services is the acknowledged qualification of, and for, the international funds industry.

    This programme is offered in partnership with Irish Funds (if).

    A three module programme, the first module, Introduction to Investment Funds, introduces and contextualises the fund as an investment product, discusses the investment fund from its establishment right through its life cycle and the various involvements and interjections through that life cycle including the importance of ESG in the funds industry and the increasing emergence of Digital Assets. The Fund Accounting and Valuation for International Investment Funds module outlines the accounting and valuation aspects of investment funds, including the accounting statements for funds, the calculation of the Net Asset Value (NAV) and the importance of and controls around ensuring an accurate NAV. Exchange Traded Funds and their ever-growing significancein the industry. The third module, Depositary Functions and Transfer Agency, examines the operation and the roles and responsibilities of the custody and transfer agency functions for international investment funds.

    How you will benefit

    The overall aim of the programme is to introduce, discuss and describe the investment fund from its inception right through to its termination detailing the functions and parties to a fund; the roles, responsibilities and activities of all the parties to the fund and how each area interacts with each other. It will enable you to;

    • Outline and explain the theory and practice underpinning International Investment Fund Services and administration

    • Detail the factors, (including legal & regulatory), products, services/service providers which impact on the successful operation of international Investment fund services industry and marketplace

    • Examine the efficiency of the procedures, products, services, regulations, processes, and controls that are in place which include accounting standards and anti-money laundering to ensure the integrity of investment funds services industry

    • Communicate clearly (in writing and orally) to colleagues, and other relevant stakeholders the factors, considerations driving the globalization of Investment Fund Services, noting the associated risks and benefits

    • Identify and pursue key learning skills designed to enhance students’ personal and professional career ambitions

    Continuous Professional Development

    If you hold an IOB designation or a designation managed by IOB, CPD hours may be awarded on successful completion of this programme.

    Duration & delivery


    Details and schedules for the online delivery for each module are set out in the study guides accompanying each module.


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    • Programme cost: €1,890

    • IFS Skillnet funding available, subject to availability

    Please note funding available for modules running up until end of 2023 only, a new application will be required for modules running in 2024 if funding is available.

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    When you successfully complete this programme you will be awarded a Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services from UCD.

    This is a level 7 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications.

    This programme leads to the Accredited Funds Professional designation.


    100% continuous assessment.

    Next intake

    Spring Trimester

    Closing date

    09 February 2024


    Modules and learning outcomes

    Introduction to Investment Funds

    (NFQ Level 7, 5 ECTS)

    Describe and explain the key terms, concepts, processes, and the various types of Investment funds.

    Discuss how legal and regulatory frameworks impact on and support the investment funds sector.

    Outline the forces and factors which influence an Investment Fund Life-cycle and suggest how the life cycle might be extended.

    Briefly summarize the main features of Investment Funds and write a short brief to advertise Investment Fund services to new customers.

    Pursue areas of learning designed to enhance their professional skills and competencies.

    Fund Accounting and Valuation for International Investment Funds

    (NFQ Level 7, 5 ECTS)

    Outline and explain how the principles and practice of accounting apply to investment funds.

    Prepare and justify the accounting entries required to record Investment Fund activities and the calculation of the Net Asset Value.

    Analyse the main international accounting standards and fund accounting controls and their impact on Investment Fund activity.

    Communicate clearly (in writing or orally) to colleagues or funds administrators the factors driving the globalization of Investment Fund Services, noting the associated risks and benefits.

    Engage in learning to advance their professional and personal ambitions.

    Depositary Functions and Transfer Agency

    (NFQ Level 7, 5 ECTS)

    Outline and explain the key terms, definitions, concepts, agents, and entities associated with depository functions and transfer agency in the Investment Funds Sector.

    Distinguish clearly between the role and responsibilities of key personnel, agents, institutions etc. involved in the Investment fund services sector.

    Detail and evaluate the various processes and procedures related to safekeeping of assets, securities, cash management and oversight from a depositary’s perspective.

    Communicate clearly to colleagues (in writing or orally) the various services provided by the depositary and the transfer agent.

    Select and employ learning techniques to enhance their study and career ambitions in the financial services industry.

    Accredited Funds Professional

    The Accredited Funds Professional is a prestigious new designation "badge of excellence" in the funds industry. It is a standard for recognising competence and professionalism in the provision of services across the funds industry.

    The Accredited Funds Professional designation provides an independent endorsement of professional knowledge, and a commitment to lifelong learning.

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    Key Dates

    This programme enrols twice a year.

    Next intake

    Spring Trimester

    Closing date

    09 February 2024

    Level 7 and 8 Key Dates 2023/24

    Entry Requirements

    The minimum entry requirements are as follows:

    •          Five passes in the Leaving Certificate, including English and Mathematics

    •          Five O Level/GCSE passes, including English Language and Mathematics

    IOB will also consider applications on a mature candidate basis from applicants who are 23 years of age before the date of their application for admission to the programme.

    Professional Body Membership

    You must be a current member, or become a member of IOB.

    Springboard+ Funding

    Springboard+ courses are designed to help you gain the skills necessary to either obtain employment in industry areas where there is an increasing need or to upskill in your current job.

    To be considered eligible for a place on a Springboard+ course, you will need to:

    1. be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland

    2. have your own, valid PPS Number

    3. meet the nationality/visa requirement

      You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or: You have Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM, Stamp 5, or Stamp 6 on your Irish Residence Permit (IRP) card. This includes those resident here on Stamp 4 on the basis of: having permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or; having official Refugee/Subsidiary Protection status in Ireland /being here on the basis of refugee family reunification or; having been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or; having permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.

    4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK, Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years

      If you are a Stamp 4/Stamp 4 EU FAM, Stamp 5, or Stamp 6 holder, residency is calculated from the date you first received this stamp. Any residency before this time cannot be counted. If you have Refugee/Subsidiary Protection status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.

    When applying for a course through Springboard+ you will also need to apply on the basis of either being:

    • Employed working either for yourself or someone else.

    • Unemployed not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed) and actively seeking employment.

    • A Returner a Homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months.

    • A Recent Graduate a graduate from a full-time NFQ Level 8 degree within the 12 months prior to the start of a Springboard+ course and who does not fit into one of the above categories.

    Your eligibility is assessed based on your status on the date your course first starts. You will need to meet the eligibility criteria on that date. Documentary evidence of this will be requested during the course before a fee payment is made on your behalf. To find out more about the conditions and requirements for eligibility, including what you will need to do to confirm your status please visit HEA - Springboard+ (

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