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International Finance and Administration Qualifications Level 5

ICSA: The Governance Institute


What will I learn?

ICSA's Level 5 International Finance and Administration qualifications provide the regulatory essentials of offshore trust and company administration. They will give you the opportunity to specialise in topics such as fund administration, financial reporting and governance and business management. Level 5 is set at the level of a second year undergraduate degree and forms part of a suite of qualifications in international finance that ICSA offers.

Course Structure

The Level 5 International Finance and Administration suite contains three qualifications to choose from:

  • Level 5 Advanced Certificate in International Finance and Administration
  • Level 5 Subsidiary Diploma in International Finance and Administration
  • Level 5 Diploma in International Finance and Administration

There are four subjects available to study within each qualification:

  • Trust and Company Administration (compulsory)
  • Fund Administration (optional specialist)
  • Business Management in Practice (optional specialist)
  • Financial Reporting and Governance (optional specialist)

You can add optional specialist modules to your programme of study at any time to work towards a larger qualification.

Visit the website to read further about course structures, costs and more.

Why study with ICSA?

Every ICSA registered student gets the following study support:

  • Access to past papers, suggested answers and other study materials via MyICSA, the secure area of our website especially for ICSA students and members.
  • Access to module-specific webinars and recordings, presented by the examiner of the module.
  • A comprehensive study skills e-book
  • Free study support webinars in areas such as planning your study and exam techniques.

What do I need to know?

To be eligible for a Level 5 IFA qualification you must have successfully completed: - An ICSA Level 4 Certificate in International Finance and Administration; - An ICSA Certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration (COFA); or A relevant university degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) from a recognised institution - A Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Diploma in International Trust Management - An International Diploma in Financial Administration (IDFA)

Course info


Course Provider Diploma/Certificate/Award (this must include an assessed element)

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

No time limit

More info on price

The courses start from £1100 (IFA Level 5 Award) , and vary from there. Please see website for more information.

Who runs this course?



The ICSA has been supporting governance professionals for over 125 years. Our globally respected programme delivers the authoritative training  and  qualifications that build careers. Whatever your experience, we can help you develop your understanding of the law, compliance, governance and administration. In addition to the courses and qualifications offered here, ICSA is a community of 15,000 professionals and over 100 local branches around the world. ICSA Qualifications  Our core qualification is the internationally recognised  ICSA Qualifying Programme which leads to chartered status and full membership of ICSA. It can be studied through classroom-based tuition, online

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