Exams

The verification procedure consists of a successfully completed written and oral examination, which are conducted at our exam providers. The basis is the SAQ examination regulations. Below you will find information on the admission requirements, the written and oral exams, the organisation of the exams and the legal remedies.

Admission criteria for the exams

Admission to written exam

  • Employed at a bank

Admission to oral exam

  • Employed at a bank
  • Have a client book, participate in such a book or work as an independent specialist for clients and be in direct contact with them
  • Having a role/function that matches the program
  • Passing all necessary written exams

Written exam

The written examination tests professional knowledge in the certification programme respective.

  • There is no mandatory preparation, the candidate is responsible for his/her own preparation.
  • The written examination can be completed in partial exams.
  • In case the written exam consists of several partial exams, the first attempt marks the beginning of three years within which all remaining partial exams need to be passed successfully by the candidate.
  • Each compulsory examination/partial examination must be passed with a result of at least 70%. The results of partial exams cannot be offset or aggregated.
  • The written exam/partial exam can be repeated twice.
  • The passed complete written examination has a validity of 3 years.
  • If a candidate has failed to pass the written examination or partial examination three times, he can repeat the qualification procedure again after a waiting period of twelve months.

The duration and scope of the examination depend on the requirements of the individual certification programs:

Certified Wealth Management Advisor CWMA 150 questions in 300min.
Advisor Private Clients Not available in English
Advisor Individual Clients Not available in English
Advisor SME Clients Not available in English
Certified Corporate Banker CCoB Not available in English
Advisor Affluent Clients Not available in English

Further details can be found in the examination regulations or in the respective examination program.

Oral examination

During the oral examination, examination experts systematically observe and assess the candidate's consulting skills. To make this assessment within a framework which is as close to reality as possible, the conduct and professional skills are tested on the basis of a simulated client discussion and structured evaluation sheet.

  • There is no mandatory preparation; the candidate is responsible for his own preparation.
  • The oral examination must be taken within 3 years of the passed written examination.
  • The oral examination can be repeated twice.
  • If a candidate has failed to pass the oral examination three times, he can start the procedure for the oral examination again after a waiting period of twelve months.

The duration and scope of the examination depend on the requirements of the individual certification programs:

Certified Wealth Management Advisor CWMA 60min. client meeting
Advisor Private Clients Not available in English
Advisor Individual Clients Not available in English
Advisor SME Clients Not available in English
Certified Corporate Banker CCoB Not available in English
Advisor Affluent Clients Not available in English

Further details can be found in the examination regulations or in the respective examination program.

Further information on roles can be found in the generic role description.

Exam providers

The following exam providers are mandated by the SAQ Swiss Association for Quality to conduct public examinations:

Certified Advisor Private Clients

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Provider Languages
Kalaidos FH deutsch, français, italiano
Fintelligence deutsch, français, english, italiano
IGK Interessengemeinschaft
Kaderausbildung der Kantonalbanken
deutsch, français, english, italiano
Optimus AG deutsch, français, italiano

Certified Advisor Individual Clients

Details anzeigen/ausblenden
Provider Languages
Kalaidos FH deutsch, français, italiano
Fintelligence deutsch, français, english, italiano
IGK Interessengemeinschaft
Kaderausbildung der Kantonalbanken
deutsch, français, english, italiano
Optimus AG deutsch, français, italiano
Swiss Finance Institute deutsch, français, english, italiano

Certified Advisor SME Clients

Details anzeigen/ausblenden
Provider Languages
Kalaidos FH deutsch, français, italiano
Fintelligence deutsch, français, english, italiano
IGK Interessengemeinschaft
Kaderausbildung der Kantonalbanken
deutsch, français, english, italiano

Certified Corporate Banker CCoB

Details anzeigen/ausblenden
Provider Languages
Kalaidos FH deutsch, français, italiano
Fintelligence deutsch, français, english, italiano
IGK Interessengemeinschaft
Kaderausbildung der Kantonalbanken
deutsch, français, english, italiano

Certified Advisor Affluent Clients

Details anzeigen/ausblenden
Provider Languages
Fintelligence deutsch, français, english, italiano
Kalaidos FH deutsch, français, italiano
IGK Interessengemeinschaft
Kaderausbildung der Kantonalbanken
deutsch, français, english, italiano

Certified Wealth Management Advisor CWMA

Details anzeigen/ausblenden
Providers Languages
Kalaidos FH

deutsch, français, italiano

Fintelligence deutsch, français, english, italiano
Fitch Learning Limited deutsch, français, english, italiano
IGK Interessengemeinschaft
Kaderausbildung der Kantonalbanken
deutsch, français, english, italiano
ISFB (INSTITUT SUPÉRIEUR DE FORMATION BANCAIRE) français, english
Swiss Finance Institute deutsch, français, english, italiano

Legal remedies

Inspection

Oral examination: In an oral examination, the candidate has the opportunity to inspect his examination papers. Inspection is only possible if the candidate fails the examination. For further information, see the Guidelines on appeals. The signed application can be submitted as a scan by e-mail to Enable JavaScript to view this protected content. or by post.

Written examination: According to the examination regulations, the written examination cannot be inspected. It is possible to contest a failed written examination by lodging an appeal with the certification body. For further information, see the Guidelines for legal remedies.

Objection

In the event of a failed oral examination, the candidate is entitled to submit an objection to the assessment to the certification body. For further information, see the Guidelines for legal remedies . The application (oral examination or written examination) can be signed and submitted as a scan by e-mail to Enable JavaScript to view this protected content. or by post.

Redress

If the candidate does not agree with the decision on his objection, he can submit a redress to the second and final instance. For further information see the Guidelines for legal remedies. The application can be signed and submitted as a scan by e-mail to Enable JavaScript to view this protected content. or by post.

Appeal

Candidates who fail to pass the examination have the opportunity to submit a written appeal to the certification body about the procedure and organisation of the examination. For further information, see the Guidelines for legal remedies. The application can be signed and submitted as a scan by e-mail to Enable JavaScript to view this protected content. or by post.

Documents

Downloads

11.06.2020 Examination regulations PDF (256 kB)
01.02.2021 General role profiles PDF (84 kB)
Legal remedies
11.06.2020 Guidelines legal remedies PDF (179 kB)
11.06.2020 Application inspection oral exam DOCX (138 kB)
11.06.2020 Application objection written exam DOCX (149 kB)
11.06.2020 Application objection oral exam DOCX (156 kB)
11.06.2020 Application redress DOCX (140 kB)
11.06.2020 Application appeal DOCX (140 kB)

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